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Dear friend,

With the New Year around the corner, I want to thank you once again for all that you’ve done to support the Surgeons of Hope Foundation and our work. We started the Foundation 15 years ago with one great idea: every child should have access to heart surgery. 

Today, I am proud to report that 2016 has been a record-breaking year for Surgeons of Hope!

Let me illustrate this statement with a few stats:

In our program in Costa Rica, the mortality rate is down to 1.4% from 8% in just two years time, and the average hospital stay has been divided in half.

In Nicaragua, the number of heart surgeries completed at La Mascota has more than doubled over the past two years, boasting 167 surgeries this year compared to 2014’s 75.

And all together, our teams screened 17,776 children this year. That’s right, we impacted many, many lives!

Now, I have some great news. If you live in New York City and if you want to stay fit while supporting our cause, then come and join me on January 6! SoulCycle has graciously partnered with us to hold our Cycle for Children’s Hearts event at their 19th Street location. Individuals of all activity levels are encouraged to participate. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

You are not into cycling? No worries, you can still come to another great event! Surgeons of Hope will be hosting a charity concert on January 30th at the National America Opera Center, featuring the French opera star David Serero. Don’t miss out on this exciting evening! Tickets are available here.

You don’t like music either? Ok, I have one more suggestion. You can give a Meaningful Gift This Holiday Season. A healthy heart, what better gift could there be?

Donate Today!

I am so proud of our accomplishments, thank you again for your continued support. 2016 was incredible for Surgeons of Hope, I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish together in 2017!

98% of children who die before the age of  five are in the developing world.
Help us expand access to life-saving heart care.

Charles-Edouard CATHERINE
Executive Director
Surgeons of Hope Foundation

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2016 was a truly amazing year of growth for Surgeons of Hope! February brought our first mission to Costa Rica, an impressive success that heightened our presence in Central America. In Nicaragua, the local medical team is now performing four surgeries per week on their own. Since its opening just three years ago, our new Pediatric Heart Center of Nicaragua has come a long way. In addition to teams from the US, we’ve brought teams from all over the world, including Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France, and Colombia.

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Overall, 16,000 children have been screened by our teams in Nicaragua and in Costa Rica, of whom more than 400 have been operated on. The positive impact on those children’s families is significant at so many levels, but the common denominator isSurgeons of Hope.

Tomorrow, Pr. Dominique Metras will lead our last mission of the year, this will be his third trip to Managua. This mission is funded by a generous grant from our partner, Let it Beat Foundation. 10 Children will be operated on in collaboration with the local team, and dozens of patients will be screened.

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We have gained momentum thanks to your support, saving more children this year than in any prior year. Thanks to your generosity, we expect that number to grow in 2017. We are deeply grateful for your spirit, dedication, and commitment to Surgeons of Hope. We are excited and ready for what the future will bring, with your help!

Your support means everything to us. The children of Latin America thank you! Donate to Surgeons of Hope and go to Carnegie Hall!

If you donate between today and #GivingTuesday (November 29) you will automatically enter into a raffle for a chance to win a Pair of tickets to Virgil Boutellis-Taft’s concert at Carnegie Hall!

Please donate today!

(The winner will be chosen and notified on Wednesday, November 30)

Please visit our website at surgeonsofhope.org
Donate to our cause at surgeonsofhope.org/donate

 

 

World Heart Day

Today is #WorldHeartDay; a day to spread awareness of cardiovascular disease.

It is unconscionable that thousands of children around the world still die from treatable heart defects due to lack of resources. These children deserve to be given a chance to live and show the world their astonishing talents!

Mackinzie Kline, an American female golfer started out her athletic career as a teen sensation. She ranked number one in the world according to the Junior Amateur Ranking at the mere age of 14. It’s hard for one to believe that she was born with heterotaxy syndrome, a heart defect where the heart has only one ventricle. Without corrective surgery, most children with Heterotaxy syndrome and significant heart problems will not survive beyond the first year of life. For someone who lives with 80 per cent of the average person’s oxygen and has no aerobic capacity at all, a life in sport would not seem to be the obvious choice. But Mac has been a golf fanatic ever since she was first introduced to the game at the age of five, by when, according to her original prognosis, she should theoretically have died.

Thanks to your support, we can provide hundreds of children with the same opportunity each year. Thank you!

In this video, you will discover Holman’s story, one of our former patients. He received heart surgery in 2009. A few months ago, he had the opportunity to reconnect with the cardiologist that helped save his life. Now Holman studies medicine in Managua, he is the first of his family to go to college!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr7i4FocVnA

Surgeons of Hope has been leading a global fight against heart disease for 15 years. Our teams saved hundreds of children like Holman! Celebrate this anniversary and our work! Thanks to an anonymous donor, every donation will be matched per dollar until December 31, 2016.
https://fundly.com/15th-anniversary-campaign#gallery/1

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Surgeons of Hope at the United Nations

 

 

Dear friend,

We have some exciting news! Thanks to the Association des Français Fonctionnaires Internationaux de New York (AFFIN), we will hold our next event at the United Nations! His Excellency Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations will give an introductory speech. So join us next week at the United Nations Headquarters!

The focus of the evening will be a panel of some of the amazing and inspiring doctors who volunteer with Surgeons of Hope. They will discuss their experiences and answer any questions you may have. In addition to the panel, there will be a meet and greet with the doctors and a showing of a video that captures all of the wonderful work done by Surgeons of Hope.

His Excellency Mr. Juan Carlos Mendoza Garcia, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, and Her Excellency Mrs. Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the United Nations will comment on Surgeons of Hope’s work in their respective countries.

Registration is free, but space is very limited, so be sure to sign up soon! The event will take place on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 6 PM in conference room 8 at the UN Headquarters (46th Street and 1st Avenue).

 

Sign Up Now

Your support means everything to us.

Please visit our website at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com

Donate to our cause at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com/donate

Address postal inquiries to:

Surgeons of Hope Foundation

One Penn Plaza – 5th floor, suite 400

New York, NY 10119

 

 Your support means everything to us. 

Please visit our website at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com
Donate to our cause at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com/donate

 

Internship

Surgeons of Hope is a 501c3 registered organization based in New York
City.

Our Mission:

 It is an unconscionable loss that a child dies anywhere in the world
from a heart defect due to lack of resources for proper care, when a
child living in the most remote area of the U.S. with the same heart
defect would be easily cured. Surgeons of Hope seeks to narrow that
disparity by living up to its motto: “It’s Not What We Bring. It’s What
We Leave Behind”.

Intern Position:

Interns report directly to the Executive Director

Our Intern will help organize and implement our fundraisers. It is
important the applicant be organized and have an eye for detail.
Previous experience in development or special events preferred.

Our intern will also help us look for potential grantors and large
donors.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

* Assisting with data entry and administrative tasks associated with the
event

* Assisting with event invitation, program, and registration materials

* Help manage donations and acknowledgements & interact with donors

Applicants should possess excellent oral and written communications
skills, a positive attitude, and enthusiasm for humanitarian work.

Experience

working with Microsoft Office is necessary; experience with eTapestry is
a plus.

Applications are for the fall session, with a commitment needed for
September – December.

To Apply

To apply, please email resume and cover letter outlining your
experience, interest, and availability to:

Yolliann Rodriguez

Executive Assistant

info@surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com

Applications will be accepted until midnight July 31, 2016.

For more information about Surgeons of Hope, visit

www.surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com [1]

Education Level: BA Degree preferred, Junior/Senior Undergraduate
students welcome to apply

Deadline: 07/31/2016

Work in progress

This is a very special year for Surgeons of Hope as we celebrate 15 years of helping young hearts in Latin America realize their full potential. Thanks to you and your support we are now able to connect with more families and make a bigger difference.

At this moment a surgery team from Madrid (Spain) is performing in Managua. 9 children will receive heart  surgery. The first patients are doing wellOur hope for continued success is in your hands as we look forward to many more years of delivering hope to those who need it most.

Holman’s Story

Little Yvonne

 

Thanks to your support, Yvonne is well on her way to a normal childhood. On March 11, she received her heart operation in Managua at the skilled hands of a volunteer surgical team from Belgium. Only 7 months old, she weighed just under 10 pounds, so she needed to gain some weight to be strong enough to survive the complex operation. But she did, and she was released from the hospital on March 22!

  

 

In these photos Yvonne is seen with her father, Danny, before her operation, and again when she was ready to go home. Yvonne is the first child born to Danny and Margery. They live in the northern part of Nicaragua, near the border with Honduras. This and so many more stories are the irrefutable proof that our program is working as we envision a world where other children like Yvonne have access to heart surgery when and where they need it.

Thanks to our dedicated staff, our donors, our medical volunteers, we can make these stories real. Thank you for being part of that wonderful story!

Please click here to donate, or send a check (payable to Surgeons of Hope) to:

Surgeons of Hope Foundation
Attn: C. E. Catherine
One Penn Plaza, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10119

Your support means everything to us.

Please visit our website at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com
Donate to our cause at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com/donate

At the Surgeons of Hope Foundation, we aim to provide a second chance to children so that – no matter where they live – they have the opportunity to imagine a different future and to live out their dreams.

One of these children is Holman, a student from Masaya Nicaragua.

When you see Holman playing soccer, you’d never guess that in 2009 an open heart surgery saved his life.

The person playing with him in this photo taken earlier this month is Dr. Aijaz Hashmi. Dr. Hashmi was Holman’s cardiologist when a team from Loma Linda University came to Managua years ago. Back then, Holman was 13 and needed heart surgery. Holman is now a healthy 20 years of age, but for all this time, he was afraid to play the sport because he feared that the ball or another player might strike him in the chest where his incision was.

Holman is now studying biomedicine, he is the first one in his family to go to College.  Now that he has the knowledge and connections he needs to succeed, there’s no telling what Holman will dream of next!

One thing is sure, for Holman and the hundreds of other children you’re helping to realize their full potential, the best is yet to come.

 

Please click here to donate, or send a check (payable to Surgeons of Hope) to:

Surgeons of Hope Foundation
Attn: C. E. Catherine
One Penn Plaza, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10119

Your support means everything to us.

Please visit our website at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com
Donate to our cause at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com/donate

Impressions from our first mission to Costa Rica

 

 

Dear friend,

Earlier this month I went to San Jose with a team from New York Presbyterian Hospital, led by Dr. Chai, it was an incredible experience. I took some notes while I was there and I wanted to share some of my impressions with you.

I feel a little out of place, observing from the corner of this ICU, looking at the patients who were operated on during the week of the surgical mission. Some of them are still very sleepy, they struggle to breathe, but the nurses tell me that a few days from now they will be back at home with their families. I had a small role in this mission, but right now, I am very grateful to simply be part of this project. It is so humbling to witness how in a few days, a good team of doctors can turn a blue baby into a healthy child.

This was our first mission in Costa Rica, and trust me, a few days ago I was very nervous. When you prepare for a mission, you think of all the little things that could go wrong, and in this instance, there were many unknown factors. But when I look at little Britany, I know that it was all worth it!

I remember when her mother took her to the consultation room on Sunday, she was a bit frightened about the exam, but one of the doctors had an idea. He used his cell phone to find a children’s song, “I am Your Gummy Bear” on YouTube

We were all so relieved when Britany smiled and allowed the doctors to do the echocardiogram for her diagnosis. Her operation went very well! Now she is calm, even a little playful. It’s very soothing.

I keep thinking of this quote by Mahatma Ghandi, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it”. When I’m in New York City, doing some fundraising or sending emails all day, I sometimes feel like it is a paltry contribution to our cause. But right now, I know that I am a small part of a team that contributed to operate on 10 children and train 30 doctors. The people around me don’t realize it, but they revived my passion for this work.

Surgeons of Hope is engaged in a marathon, an ambitious fight against heart disease in Latin America, and each of these children is a little victory. Those doctors around me are qualified, inspiring people, they will operate on hundreds of children, and together, we will win this fight!

You should be proud as well. You are a supporter of Surgeons of Hope and your contribution, no matter how large or small was important. It is making a difference. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to do what I love. Together we gave hope to many families, and we will give hope to many more. Thank you!

Every 30 seconds a baby is born with a life-threatening but highly treatable heart defect. Help us expand access to life-saving heart care around the world.

Charles-Edouard CATHERINE
Executive Director
Surgeons of Hope Foundation

 

Please click here to donate, or send a check (payable to Surgeons of Hope) to:

Surgeons of Hope Foundation
Attn: C. E. Catherine
One Penn Plaza, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10119

Your support means everything to us. The children of Latin America thank you! 

Please visit our website at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com
Donate to our cause at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com/donate

 

Send a hero a Valentine

 

Send a hero a Valentine

Today, heart disease is still a leading cause of mortality among children in the developing world. But this Valentine’s Day, here is a way to honor those who have fought back — and won!

Thais is 21 months old, weighing just 15 pounds. Last week she had surgery to correct what is called a ventricular septal defect (a hole in her heart). Thais traveled from her home in Puntarenas in the southern regions of Costa Rica to San Jose for her heart operation. It was performed by a Surgeons of Hope team from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, led by Dr. Chai.

After her time in the ICU, shown here, Thais was freed from all of that equipment and recovered nicely. The gift of her childhood has been returned to her.

Open your heart and donate to Surgeons of Hope in honor of someone you love!

Every 30 seconds a baby is born with a life-threatening but highly treatable heart defect. Help us expand access to life-saving heart care around the world.

 

Please click here to donate, or send a check (payable to Surgeons of Hope) to:
Surgeons of Hope Foundation
Attn: C. E. Catherine
One Penn Plaza, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10119

Your support means everything to us. The children of Latin America thank you!

Please visit our website at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com
Donate to our cause at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com/donate

 

Thanks to your help great things will happen in 2016

 

 

Bringing our Surgical Program to Costa Rica:

Our first mission of 2016 will take us to Costa Rica! We have been invited to travel to San Jose in February to enhance an existing surgical program at the Hospital Nacional De Ninos (National Children’s Hospital). Our goal for this mission is to perform 10 open-heart surgeries on infants and children with congenital heart defects and to provide coaching on complex procedures for the resident medical staff. Twelve volunteers led by Dr. Paul Chai, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital, will make up the team for this mission. We are mindful that our donors, large and small, have contributed to this mission and are eager to hear news of progress. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

 

Thanks to our friends and supporters, our “end of the year” campaign was successful!

During December, you contributed and helped us to raise close to $15,000! Your generosity will go far toward providing medications and supplies for no-cost surgeries on the poorest infants and children with congenital heart defects. If you would be willing to help us fund future missions, click HERE to see how you can donate!

You Helped Make 2015 a Successful Year!

You helped fund 6 mission trips, and supported 84 volunteers who came from 8 different countries. In total, 119 patients were operated on at our new Heart Center in Managua. All of this hard work was the equivalent of $3.4 million dollars’ worth of services, and it was provided at no cost to the patients and families who were served!

 

Your Support Means Everything

The new Heart Center in Nicaragua is a public hospital that offers care to less fortunate families whose children suffer from a variety of heart ailments and malformations. From baby-warming blankets to x-rays, your donations have made and will continue to make a tremendous difference.

Please click here to donate, or send a check (payable to Surgeons of Hope) to:
Surgeons of Hope Foundation
Attn: C. E. Catherine
One Penn Plaza, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10119

Your support means everything to us. The children of Nicaragua thank you!

Please visit our website at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com
Donate to our cause at surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com/donate

 

Special Events Internship

Special Events Internship

Surgeons of Hope

Surgeons of Hope is a 501c3 registered organization based in New York City.

Our Mission:

It is an unconscionable loss that a child dies anywhere in the world from a heart defect due to lack of resources for proper care, when a child living in the most remote area of the U.S. with the same heart defect would be easily cured. Surgeons of Hope seeks to narrow that disparity by living up to its motto: “It’s Not What We Bring. It’s What We Leave Behind.”

Special Events Intern Position:

Interns report directly to the Executive Director. The Special Events Intern will help organize and implement our 2016 Gala Fundraiser event. It is important the applicant be organized and have an eye for detail. Previous experience in development or special events preferred.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with data entry and administrative tasks associated with the event
  • Assisting with event invitation, program, and registration materials
  • Help manage donations and acknowledgements & interact with donors
  • Volunteering at our Gala Fundraiser to be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Applicants should possess excellent oral and written communications skills, a positive attitude, and enthusiasm for humanitarian work.

Experience: Working with Microsoft Office is necessary; experience with eTapestry is a plus.

Applications are for the Spring session, with a commitment needed for April – June.

To Apply:
To apply, please email resume and cover letter outlining your experience, interest, and availability to:

Yolliann Rodriguez
Executive Assistant
info@surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com

Applications will be accepted until midnight January 30, 2016.
For more information about Surgeons of Hope, visit www.surgeonsofhope.iconstrategiesbpo.com

Education Level: BA Degree preferred, Junior/Senior Undergraduate students welcome to apply.

Deadline: 01/30/2016

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