Lasting Imprint holds first gathering in La Crosse for CHD awareness week

One local organization is raising awareness on Congenital Heart Defects or CHD. Lasting Imprint met at the Children’s Museum Sunday for their first La Crosse CHD awareness week gathering.

CHD is when a child is born with an abnormally structured heart or large vessels. The conditions affect one in every 100 babies and there is currently no cure.

Organizers said events like the gathering are important for raising awareness.

“A lot of babies sometimes don’t even survive into adulthood. Some 80 percent don’t even make it until their first birthday. With CHD being the number one birth defect, it’s just a passion of mine to make sure there’s awareness out there in our area for this condition,” Clinical Support Supervisor Megan Ustby said.

To learn more about CHD or Lasting Imprint, visit their website at