The American Heart Association and Wells Fargo teamed up to raise awareness about congenital heart defects in the lowcountry. Wells Fargo’s Dita Brown and Kate Marty Caperton, the chairwomen of the Go Red for Women Campaign in Charleston, led the charge in the AHA’s Little Hats Big Hearts program. This program dons newborns with knitted red caps and raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.
Wells Fargo is the first company to sponsor Little Hats Big Hearts in South Carolina so they are making history, one red hat at a time! Caperton, Brown, and their Executive Leadership Team delivered hats to seven local hospitals in the tri-county area during CHD Awareness Week, which took place February 7-14.
“We hope the Little Hats Big Hearts Campaign will raise awareness about congenital heart defects– a condition that affects about 40,000 babies born in the U.S. each year. We’re proud of this initiative as it brings together the community to rally around those families affected by CHD,” says Caperton.
“We are also very honored to help the AHA make a difference right here in Charleston, whether it’s funding lifesaving research, creating education programs, teaching CPR or changing laws. Did you know that every newborn in South Carolina is screened for CHD? That wouldn’t have been possible without the AHA and its incredible volunteers,” says Brown.
Brown and Marty Caperton recently delivered hats to MUSC Health Children’s Hospital. News 2’s Octavia Mitchell spread the word about the campaign. To watch her story, go here.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.