New England Newborns Sported Red Hats for a Good Cause Thanks to Big Hearts at Benchmark Communities
Residents and Associates Knit Over 700 Tiny Red Hats to Raise Awareness for Congenital Heart Defects through American Heart Association Little Hats, Big Hearts Campaign
On the first day of the campaign, Allison Melahouris, Benchmark's senior vice president of operations and strategic initiatives, distributed some of the hats to babies and families at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston where, not too long ago, she gave birth to her own son. "I had a difficult journey conceiving my son so I can relate to many of the emotions these parents are experiencing,"
CHD is the most common type of birth defect in the country, and every year thousands of babies are born with this life-threatening condition. The American Heart Association is committed to raising awareness for CHD and helping children live stronger lives through education, research and public policies. In fact, the organization's funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to that of the federal government. The AHA also trains parents, caregivers and medical professionals in infant and child CPR for which it has created guidelines.
Sixteen of Benchmark's independent living, assisted living and memory care communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont participated in the campaign. Benchmark is also a proud sponsor of AHA's annual Heart Ball, which this year will take place on May 4 at the Westin Waterfront in Boston.
"This is the first year our communities got involved in the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, and I could not be prouder of all they accomplished,"
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Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast with 6,400 associates and 58 communities. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape (https://www.tomsgrapevine.com/
Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications