Gift of Life District 7190 >> FAQ

How Can I help?

You can support Rotary District 7190’s Chapter of Gift of Life by donating unwanted clothes at one of our donation bins, making an online donation, or by participating in one of our fundraising events


Why do we only treat children with cardiac problems?
Over the years, we have established an extensive network of hospitals and medical professionals in the cardiothoracic field.  These resources are invaluable in helping children and to recreate that network in other specialties would be difficult and an inefficient use of our resources.
Why don’t we help children in the US?

We have been assured by medical professionals throughout the United States that ANY child in need of cardiac care will receive that care here in the US regardless of the ability to pay.  Often the surgical team that operates at some of the best medical centers in the US also operates at the municipal medical centers. Children born with a heart issue will usually be treated before they leave the maternity wing of the hospital.

Why is the need so great?

Generally, 8 of every 1,000 children born in the world will have a congenital birth defect affecting the heart.  These defects are commonly called a ‘hole in the heart’ or a ‘blue baby.’  The difference is that children in the US receive care whereas most children in the world do not have access to such care.  The World Health Organization estimates that 93% of the children born each year do not have access to adequate cardiac care.

Gift of Life provides lifesaving surgery to a child every two hours and 18 minutes by empowering doctors and nurses with the tools, training, funding, and support they need to treat children in their country of birth.