Our Mission

A Giving Heart Foundation funds the research 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.

Through the support of AGHF, doctors 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



Bob Berk

Chairman of the Board

Michael Berk


Aimee Daniels


Nathan Westcomb

Vise President


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

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

J. Wellman Consulting

Medical Research Advisors

Damien Kenny


Ziyad M. Hijazi