In 1992, a group of physicians and caregivers recognized the burdens faced by our patients and their families facing life-threatening pediatric heart conditions. They sought to provide financial relief and support which went well beyond covered expenses. This support would provide families the means to travel here for care and remain here during critical times. This support is crucial in helping families through a very challenging time. Since that time, the Save A Heart program has grown to provide this help while also doing so much more.
Since its inception, Save A Heart has provided:
- Financial assistance to more than 3,000 families for expenses not covered during a patient hospital visits, including travel, lodging expenses and other tangible needs.
- Funding for medical research, including genetic testing.
- A Child Life Specialist to work with patients in the Congenital Heart Center to help them prepare emotionally for procedures and surgeries through medical play, therapy and education.
- Funding for sponsorships to send heart patients to summer camp.
- The Congenital Heart Center patient reunion, “we got the Beat”, which is a country fair-style reunion celebrated every other year honoring and remembering our patients with congenital heart defects.
To learn more about the Congenital Heart Center http://www.mottchildren.org/conditions-treatments/ped-heart