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Once in a while you get the opportunity to take on a project that really is close to your heart. In this case, literally.
My daughter Jade is one of the many children in our country that are born with Congenital Heart Defects every year. The CDC estimates that around 40,000 children are born each year with Congenital Heart Defects. These defects vary in type and severity. My daughter is one of the lucky ones that hasn’t required surgery to correct her particular set of defects (2 Ventricular Septal Defects (VSDs) and a Double Chambered Right Ventricle), yet, but many, many families end up facing at least one surgery, if not several, and far too many children lose their lives due to their heart defects or complications arising from them. Mended Little Hearts is a non profit organization that provides support, information and care packages to families who are facing life-saving surgeries for their precious children.
Every year there is a 5K run/walk hosted to honor a brave heart warrior, Katelyn Joy Showalter, who lost her fight in 2011. The 5K also raises money for Mended Little Hearts of the Shenandoah Valley. I was very proud to be asked to put my design skills to use to design a logo to honor Katelyn and promote the event. I designed the Logo, the poster, t-shirts and bookmarks for the event.
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