Last week, I had the privilege to visit a new pediatric program in Lima, Peru, where together with Hearts with Hope, our volunteers have done over 100 screenings, and performed open heart surgery and interventional cardiology for 12 hours each day. I wish I could tell you what it’s like to meet our patients, their families, and to see them leave the hospital with a smile and a healthy heart just a few days later!
All the programs that are mentioned in this Newsletter are accomplished by unpaid volunteers who give generously of their time and talents. However without the support of our generous donors giving large and small contributions these attempts to help so many children could not happen. Our board members, volunteers and friends would like to thank all who give for the first time or many times over the years. I hope to see those of you who live in New York City at our Holiday Party on November 30, I would love to be able to thank you in person!
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Oscar Wilde
Our first mission in Peru:
Thank you to our volunteers for their amazing work last week in Lima. This mission was a great success! Thank you for your courage and your conviction, for leaving behind all that is familiar and comfortable to serve others. Thank you also for realizing that the experiences you lived and the people you met taught you more than you could have imagined. Thank you for your patience, respect and perseverance, change is never easy. But most of all thank you for your kindness, care and love and for being the inspiration the world needs. And of course, thank you to the Children of Peru Foundation for their generous support and to Hearts with Hope for leading this project. Here is a picture of Yarifee, she is now home with a healthy heart!
A milestone for our program in Nicaragua:
We are very proud to announce that Dr. Téllez and Dr. Narváez, two Nicaraguan surgeons who were trained by our teams successfully performed a Glenn procedure last week in total autonomy in Managua for the very first time. As you can see, the patient is doing really well! The Glenn procedure is a complex surgery, this success is an important milestone for our program. At Surgeons of Hope we believe that what matters isn’t what we bring, it’s what we leave behind. Dr. Téllez and Dr. Narváez are two young talented surgeons, we are very proud to support them and their team. Together, we will save many more lives.
Surgeons of Hope’s Holiday Party:
Join us on November 30 to kick off the Holiday Season! This year our Holiday Party will be held at the Bulgarian Consulate in NYC. The reception will begin with a cocktail party as we come together to celebrate and raise money for the Foundation. Then, two talented pianist, Georgy Lenovo and Lora Al will amaze us with a short recital. French opera star David Serero will conclude the evening with a selection of French and American Christmas Carols to kick off the Holiday Season!
Our offer to you:
Two weeks ago, a member of our Board of Directors, Michael Katz has offered to personally match every dollar (up to $10,000) that is contributed to Surgeons of Hope from now until December 31, 2017. Michael is not only an active member of the Board, but has a unique connection to the organization. His daughter was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Through his personal experience Michael realized how millions of families across the world are not as lucky to have access to pediatric cardiac care.
In just two weeks, we already raised $4,291, thank you! If you haven’t done so already, please click here to make your tax-deductible donation to Surgeons of Hope. Give before December 31, and Mr. Katz will personally match your gift and double the impact of your support!
Surgeons of Hope Foundation