A Giving Heart Aims to Help Children with Congenital Heart Disease

After Ziyad Hijazi, MD, MPH, performed lifesaving heart surgery on Colleen and Mike Berk's baby son, the Berk family created A Giving Heart Foundation.

The Berk Family of A Giving Heart Foundation

Shortly after the 2010 birth of their son, Brayden, Colleen and Mike Berk learned that he had been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis, a condition where blood flow to the heart is decreased. The Berks found Ziyad M. Hijazi, MD, MPH, director of Rush’s Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease, who performed balloon angioplasty surgery on one-month-old Brayden. The successful surgery inspired the Berk family to create A Giving Heart Foundation, dedicated to saving the lives of children with congenital heart disease. Along with raising $68,000 from its first annual golf outing fundraiser in July 2012 (the 2013 outing will be July 15), A Giving Heart has made two gifts totaling $120,510 to support cardiac technology, including a $100,000 matching gift to purchase 3-D imaging equipment for Rush’s Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Suite. The foundation also plans to support Hijazi’s research on biodegradable stents for pediatric patients.

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