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!