Saving Children’s Lives One Heart at a Time

Gift of Life provides heart surgeries for children from developing countries.

Gift of Life Northeast Ohio

Our long-term goal is to help create children’s heart centers in the developing world.

Since 2003, GoL NEO has hosted over 100 children from the developing world who had come to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital originally and now to Akron Children’s Hospital for repair of their defective hearts.

Since 2010 our focus has changed from bringing in one child at a time to sending outbound surgical teams that can serve 12 to 20 or more children with each visit. Each mission involves partnerships with other Gift of Life chapters, numerous Rotary Clubs including local clubs in the developing world and grants created under the umbrella of The Rotary International Foundation. We partner with local children’s hospitals to teach, train, and equip local medical care providers while conducting open heart surgeries on children with CHD within the local community. 

This approach had led to more than 4000 children served since 2010 by GoL NEO and countless other health care benefits to the community beyond the direct outcome of our mission.

GoL NEO Countries of Focus include; Egypt, Haiti, and Kenya though we have participated in more than 30 countries over the life of our organization. 

Gift of Life Northeast Ohio

What we have achieved

Gift of Life Northeast Ohio (GoL NEO) serves children and their extended families from the developing world who do not have access to cardiac care.  For these children, GoL NEO is their last hope.

100 + children to NE Ohio for Open heart surgery since 2003

40 + children in 5 training teams into Kenya including the February 2015 team to Tenwek Hospital

70  open heart surgeries/year on their own in Nicaragua after 4 years of ICHF training “Corizon Abeirto”

Egypt’s Assiut University Hospital after 2010 ICHF training visit, 294 children had open heart surgery- 253 by Egyptians on their own – 300 Cath Procedures ~ 600 kids! On going since 2015.

Gift of Life Northeast Ohio

Our Projects

Over 1.3 million children are born each year with a congenital heart defect. 93% are born in a country that cannot provide them with treatment.

Elizabeth Walking after Surgery

I am so grateful to all the people who helped my sweet baby girl. Everyone was so loving and kind. I am so grateful. Thank you.

Jos Hughes

Gift of Life Northeast Ohio

Our Donors

The following organizations have generously partnered with GoL NEO to help provide life-saving heart surgery:

Akron Children’s Global Initiatives
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospitals
St Damien’s Childrens Hospital Haiti
Cairo University Hospital Egypt
Mater Hospital Kenya
Gertrude Hospital Kenya
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.
Gebauer Company
Chagrin Valley Rotary
Pedi Heart World
Hudson Rotary
Burton Middlefield Rotary
Cleveland Rotary

Heart of Gold Donors

Davis Family Foundation

Cleveland Film Company

Ashok and Raj Shendure

Garda Family Foundation

Heart Valve Interactive Corp. – Adam Pick

Tom Morrow

The Rotary Clubs of;

District 6630

District 6600

Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise

Open Heart Donors

Akron Steel Treating Co.

Akron Nurses Association

Dr. Mohammed Bedaiwy

Dr. B. Kastner

Margaret Giltinan

Howard D. ad Roberta Fogle

Willard K. and Maryanne Denton

Jack and Vivian Harig

The Rotary Clubs of;

Akron, Barberton, Chardon, Chagrin Highland, Geneva, Hillcrest Sunrise, Nordonia, Solon

Additional District 6630 Rotary Club donors include;

Conneaut, North Hampton, Willoughby, Stow Monroe Falls, Cuyahoga Falls

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