Our Mission

A Giving Heart Foundation funds initiatives and seeks partnerships to eliminate the need for babies and children to have open heart surgery.

Our Work

Heart in hands AGHFA Giving Heart Foundation (AGHF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting cutting-edge research for children living with congenital heart disease. 1 in 100 children are born with congenital heart disease every year, and many have to undergo open-heart surgery. The research we help fund will provide the resources necessary to create the technology that will reduce or eliminate the need for open-heart surgery in kids all together.

Up until this point, the majority of clinical studies have been devoted to perfecting the technology for adults with the same disease. Very little has been done to create the technology for children. AGHF is devoted to changing this. We know with the proper funding, collectively, we can.

Thanks to AGHF support, doctors at Rush University Medical Center have been conducting a preliminary study that tests the efficacy of a specially-designed, dissolvable stent for children. This stent could be the answer to eliminating open-heart surgery in our kids forever. Once this study is complete, the doctors will have crucial data to take to the FDA in hopes of receiving national support for a clinical trial further testing these dissolvable stents.

That’s where you come in.

There is still so much to be done to make this dream a reality. Every little bit counts towards our little ones. If you or anyone you know can donate to help fund this important research, we implore you to do so now. You will help change a child’s life, one heart beat at a time.

 

Board of Directors

Officers


Bob Berk

Chairman of the Board
 


Michael Berk

Treasurer
 


Aimee Daniels

Secretary
 


Nathan Westcomb

Vise President
 

Directors

Matthew Barron

Healthcare Performance Consultant
Crowe Horwath

Jill Carey

Transfer Pricing Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Carole Berk

Clinical Psychologist
Carole D. Berk, Psy.D.

Andy Baskel

Sales Executive
The Horton Group

Rich Wilkie

Managing Partner
RQW Automotive Services LLC

Larry Wolff, MD

Specialist in Cardiology
 

Megan Morrissey

Attorney
Perkins Coie LLP

Jodi Keller-Wheeler

Vice President
United Scrap Metal, Inc.

David Brenner

Chief Operating Officer, Americas
UBS Global Asset Management

David Cone

Former Executive (retired)
Amoco Oil Company/British Petroleum

Jodi Wellman, CPCC, ACC

Principal
J. Wellman Consulting
 

Medical Research Advisors

Damien Kenny

MB, MD, MRCPCH

Ziyad M. Hijazi

MD, MPH, MSCAI, FACC