Dear Friends, Supporters & Volunteers:
Joy to the World! Thanks to our friends, supporters and volunteers, parents around the world have joy in their hearts not only at this time of the year, but all year long. They are celebrating the lives of their children because of your generosity.
With the holiday season approaching and 2010 rapidly coming to an end, we reflect on all the wonderful things that were accomplished this year with the help of our supporters and volunteers. This year, you helped provide operations to over 700 children in 16 countries. What an amazing gift you gave to their parents! A gift they will always cherish and be thankful for – - a gift that goes well beyond Christmas morning. These children are now living healthier lives and their parents look forward to the holiday season with joy instead of despair.
As you think about your year-end giving, we ask that you remember International Children’s Heart Foundation. For 2011, we have 50 medical mission trips planned to 15 countries, where we anticipate providing operations to over 1,000 children with congenital heart defects. You can be a part of this lifesaving effort by making a donation by the end of the year.
Our budget for 2011 is a little over $2,000,000. For a $2,000 donation, you can help save one child’s life – a small price to pay for a gift that lasts a lifetime! For every $2,000 donation you make, we will send you a picture of the child your donation saved. This child and their family will be forever grateful for your gift.
Every dollar you give will make a difference in a child’s life, so please give whatever amount you can afford. For each $20.00 gift you make, we will send a holiday greeting card to your friends or loved ones. Please fill out the form below and return it with your heartfelt gift today. Hundreds of children are waiting for their chance atholiday joy. Your generosity will make it happen!
We are very appreciative for your support this year that helped save the lives of so many children. We look forward to your continued support in 2011. Over 1,000 children are depending on your help next year.Secure Online donations can be made @ www.babyheart.org. Checks can be mailed to ICHF, 1750 Madison Ave., Suite 500, Memphis, TN 38104
May the spirit of the season fill your heart with love, peace and joy. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
William M. Novick, M.D.
Founder & Medical Director
PS: Remember, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. Please give generously so your joy can continue to reach children around the world.
ICHF was in Sulimaniyah, Iraq in August performing heart surgeries on children — part of the Remedy Mission in conjunction with the Preemptive Love Coalition. While Dr William Novick was operating, photographer Jon Vidar captured this image of surgery as reflected in a heart monitor machine. The photo received the People’s Choice Award at FotoWeekDC 2010!
Congratulations to Jon Vidar (http://www.jonvidarphotography.com) for capturing some of what our medical teams do in the field!
ICHF will be traveling back to Iraq December 4-18 to operate on more children. It is estimated that there are more than 4,000 children in Iraq waiting for life-saving surgery. Worldwide, more than 1,000,000 children are born each year with a heart defect — making this the number one birth defect globally.
The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) is pleased that you are visiting our Blog! This will be a great way for you to keep up-to-date with all the exciting developments occurring around the world with and through ICHF.
ICHF is a 501(c)(3) headquartered in Memphis, TN. The mission of ICHF is to bring the skills, technology and knowledge to cure and care for children with congenital heart disease to developing countries. ICHF does this regardless of country of origin, race, religion or gender. We travel to these countries with a complete medical team and provide surgeries to the children for free. We also train the local medical professionals to perform these surgeries on their own eventually.
This fiscal year we have 33 two-week trips planned around the globe in countries including: Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Egypt, India, China, and the Philippines. We are on pace to provide life-saving heart surgeries to more than 800 children around the globe! On each trip we take a complete medical team of surgeon(s), anesthesiologists, perfusionists, intensivists, cardiologists, OR nurses, PICU nurses, etc.
We will be Blogging about: the trips we take and the lives we save; interesting stories about the children we serve around the world; stories about our various volunteers and staff; links to helpful information about Congenital Heart Defects; Links to other organizations around the globe helping children with heart defects; interesting statistics about congenital heart defects, etc.
We will include pictures and video. We will have Guest Bloggers. And….of course, we welcome your comments on ways to enhance this Blog!
This week we have full medical teams in Colombia and India. In the 1st Quarter of 2010 we operated on 172 children and expect to reach 180 children in the 2nd quarter!
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