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Target demographics: families with children affected by congenital heart defects

Geographic areas served: New York (mainly)

Mission:
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defect in the United States, affecting nearly 1 in every 100 babies. Gavin's diagnosis was determined at our 20 week sonogram as Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV) with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), coarctation of the aortic arch, and a VSD. He was born at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and undoubtedly had a challenging road ahead of him. At only six days old, we put Gavin in the hands of Dr. Emile Bacha as he underwent a seven-hour open heart surgery. Complications brought Gavin back to the operating room thirteen days later, to have a permanent pacemaker implanted; complete heart block being a complication of his first surgery. After two open heart surgeries before he was three weeks old and six and a half weeks in the NICU, Gavin has shown us what is truly important in life. Gavin is our heart hero...although small in size, he continues to inspire us in a BIG way!
Results:
Since December 2012, we have been able to donate over $10,000 to 3 different families as well as Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York (specifically the Single Ventricle Clinic).

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10/29/13
This nonprofit was organized and is run by the most amazing family. The generosity and compassion of Gavin's Got Heart owners comes through to the organization. The organization host many events each year to raise funds for its cause which satisfies a niche need that is so very important to ... more »
10/28/13
This organization is very near and dear to my heart! It was founded by my sister and brother-in-law who, in the words of Oprah Winfrey, “turned [their] wounds into wisdom.” Instead of crumbling under the circumstances they were given, they have used their personal experience and positive ... more »
10/28/13
Gavins Got Heart is a foundation started by incredible people with huge hearts that want to give back. Each fundraiser gives back to familys who are financially challeneged with high medical bills from children who have had surgeries related to the heart. The organization continues to grow and ... more »
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