Mission: The mission statement for the Gift of Life - Los Angeles is to help save the lives of children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease, and other related illnesses, who lack access to medical and/or financial resources regardless of race, gender, creed, or other national origin. We are also of the belief that to truly heal the heart of a child, we must ensure their health and well-being and provide the necessary assistance to build a healthy future for these precious children.
Results: Gift of Life Los Angeles has saved the lives of more than 200 children who suffer from congenital heart disease while our parent organization of Gift of Life International has given the gift of life to over 12,000 children who otherwise would have perished. Sustainable programs are being developed around the world with the current focus being Uganda, El Salvador, and Jamaica.
Target demographics: Impoverished children ages 0 - 17 years around the world.
As the Executive Director of Gift of Life International, I am very proud of the work that GOL Los Angeles has done on behalf of children around the world....especially in El Salvador where there have lead the global initiative 'Our Hearts Are in El Salvador'...this initiative has seen 131 Salvadoran children receive life-saving surgeries over the past 12 months while at the same time the context has been developed in El Salvador for the development of a sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery program in El Salvador which will ultimately account for 250 surgeries on a yearly basis. Gift of Life Los Angeles is a leader in ensuring the Salvadoran doctors and nurses will be empowered to provide the care to their own children and that the lives of the children and families will be transformed from despair to hope...a hope for a brighter and healthier future!! Rob Raylman, Executive Director Gift of Life International