Gift of Life Northeast Ohio

What GOL NEO Does

Past district governor of rotary district 6630 Jim Frame and founder of gift of life NEO.

Past District Governor of Rotary District 6630 Jim Frame and Founder of Gift of Life NEO.

Our Story

In 2003, Past District 6630 Governor, Jim Frame, received a call from Allen Feehan of Gift of Life in New Jersey (Rotary District 7470) asking if Jim could help a child who needed open heart surgery.

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Our Time line of Achievements

1975 First GoL began w/ Robbie Donno and his Long Island Rotary Club (Grace Agwaru Uganda) Grace, now 53 is a strong leader in East Africa Gift of Life Uganda

1980’s A few Cleveland Hts Rotarians tried – 2 children from Trinidad Tobago w/ Cleve. Clinic. GE Exec David Miller & new club member Ken Fogle Cleveland Hts. The program was not sustainable

2002 PDG Jim Frame Mantua gets the call from Gift of Life New Jersey “you have our surgeon! we need your help. Jim & Ken let’s get started!

2003 Yousef Abdel Malik 7 mo old – 7 lbs. His choice to eat or breathe. GoL NEO’s first child is successful and is now a healthy young adult

2003-04 +/12 GoL’s meet in Baltimore to form GoL International Now 84 GoL’s like us in 80 countries!

2003-08 Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Cleveland has brought in over 40 kids but the model is not sustainable. Total All GoL Programs 10,000th Child


2009 Assiut Egypt the Ohio State our 1st Children’s heart surgical center

2010 Arab Spring lost contact/Dr. Henein dies/Dr. Jeff Kempf finds GoL NEO while volunteering in Haiti after its major earthquake.

2014-16 2 Vocational Training Team grant’s exchanging personnel between Akron Children’s & St. Damien’s Children’s in Port au Prince. Rotary District Governor Bob Johnson of the Burton Middlefield Rotary Club initiates the 1st VTT for District 6630 and GoLNEO

WHY STRUCTERED WITH ROTARY * A Global Network, The Rotary Foundation matches club donations to expand capacity. To date, combined Gift of Life Global Grants is second only to Polio Grants in dollar amounts worldwide.

2015 TRF VTT grant with HaitiRecon w Assiut +/- 300 surgr +/- 300 caths on their own in a 2 yrs

2016 Dr. Mike Liske into Tenwek KenyaVTT Team in Akron Children’s from Haiti – GoLNEO and Gift of Life International joint trip reconnects with Gift of Life Cairo in Egypt.

2017 Haiti’s Dr. Noisette funded for Pediatric Cardiology training in ParisTRF Global Grant #1 into Cairo Egypt – TRF Global Grant #1 into Haiti – Film Company to Haiti

2018 TRF Global Grant #2 into Haiti – Complete Dr. Noisette Training as Haiti’s first and only pediatric cardiologist

2019 TRF Global Grant #2 Egypt – Djeneba, African child into to Akron Children’s for complex surgery

2020 Kylian, Haitian child into Akron Childrens for complex surgery – TRF Global Grant #3 to Egypt. Total All GoL Programs 40,000th Child

2021 Stephanie, Haitian Child to Akron Childrens for complex surgery – FILM FEST Documentary “Open Hearts” Service Above Self AwardHere’s the Link where you can get it: ROKU TV for free TRF Global Grant Nairobi  KenyaOur GoL Cairo Team is now outbound surgical team trainer. 23 children over fall and winter. 

2022 Darwinsky, Haiti second surgery at Akron Childrens for complex surgery – Rotary International President Jennifer Jones shares her Gift of Life experience in Jordan with All Ohio Rotary President Elect TrainingSam, Haiti into Akron Childrens for complex surgery 

2023 TRF Global Grant #4 Egypt with Dr. Shawky for 43 indigent children 

It’s Sustainable! Akron Children’s heart surgery +/- $100k no help to home country. Egypt heart surgery +/- $3,500 per child 

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Yousef Abdel Malik: Gift of Life North East Ohio’s first child.

 Yousef underwent heart surgery in November of 2003 at twelve weeks old and is now 20, living a full life with his family near Cairo Egypt.

Yousef first came to us at the request from Dr. Hani Hennein, the newly established pediatric heart surgeon for Rainbow Babies and Children’s hospital. 

Mom Georgia was in her 40’s and had been unable to carry a child to full term. Yousef was her family’s last hope. Yousef weighed only 7 pounds on arrival. He had been unable to nurse as he fought for breath with any exertion due to his heart defect. 

Dr. Hennein described the surgery as working inside a heart that was only as large as his end thumb joint. Ken and Jim visited Georgia and Yousef daily as the family stayed at Ronald McDonald house. They both joined Georgia along with Grandma and Yousef with each hospital visit and throughout the surgery and recovery process. A member of Rotary was with the family every day during their stay in Cleveland. 

Yousef returned home after his recovery at McDonald house. Ken was able to visit in 2016 with a healthy, slightly chubby, teenage Yousef as well as 2 other egyptian children (Mohamed and Sharouk) who also had surgeries in Cleveland. This reconnection was possible as part of a visit with CEO Rob Raylamn of Gift of Life International and Dr, Shawky of Gift of Life Cairo setting the stage for numerous joint Rotary Global Grants, saving the lives of more than 100 indegent children in Cairo Egypt by their own surgical teams.

Yousef Abdel Malik
Yousef Abdel Malik and mom Georgia.

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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