Re: Congenital heart disease theme issue

Thank you for dedicating your September issue to congenital heart disease. The medical advances in this area are truly amazing, and we want to thank the doctors across BC who impact the lives of heart children and their families. I’m writing to let you know that the programs and services of the Children’s Heart Network are available to the children and families you care for to complement the care you provide.

The Children’s Heart Network is a BC-based, family-led registered charity working to help children and their families find strength and understanding from those who face similar challenges. We offer a parent resource program and provide social opportunities so that families can connect and support one another. We offer CPR training; organize summer camps, parent coffee groups, and conferences; and provide news and information through our newsletter and website.

Please don’t hesitate to sign up for our newsletter for your office or refer any heart child or family to us at
—Tracey Carpenter 
President, Children’s Heart Network

Tracey Carpenter. Re: Congenital heart disease theme issue. BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 1, January, February, 2017, Page(s) 8 - Letters.

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