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The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Contents - Lindsey Wells, As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

The month of Fe­bru­ary sure does pack a punch for be­ing the short­est month of the year.

Black His­tory Month, Su­per Bowl Sun­day, Ground­hog Day, Mardi Gras, Pres­i­dents Day, and Na­tional Mar­garita Day, all crammed into one 28-day pe­riod. My dad’s birth­day is also in Fe­bru­ary on the 25th. Happy birth­day, dad!

Fe­bru­ary also con­tains a cer­tain ro­man­tic hol­i­day. I re­mem­ber when I was a kid, we took valen­tines to school to give to our class­mates, and we dec­o­rated boxes to hold all of the valen­tines we re­ceived. Do kids still do that? I can’t re­mem­ber in which grade kids stopped do­ing that. I hope you all en­joyed your Valen­tine’s Day with your loved ones. We also use Fe­bru­ary to raise aware­ness about heart dis­ease, as Fe­bru­ary is Amer­i­can Heart Month.

Many of us may not know that heart dis­ease is the No. 1 lead­ing cause of death for men and women in the United States, and that con­gen­i­tal heart de­fects are the most com­mon type of birth de­fect in the coun­try.

Grac­ing our front cover this month is 5-year-old Adelie Smith, who fought her own bat­tle against con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease from birth un­til she un­der­went open heart surgery at just six months old.

Adelie was cho­sen to be the fea­tured sur­vivor at the 2018 Hot Springs Heart Ball, set for Feb. 24 in Horner Hall at the Hot Springs Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Read more in the HER Cover story.

See you in March!

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