Saving Children … One Little Heart at a Time

How We Save Lives

Gift of Life Saves Children’s Lives Four Ways


Bringing Children to the United States

We Rotarians arrange for children with congenital heart defects from countries where specialized surgery is not available, to be treated in a hospital in the United States, usually in the greater New York City area. Here we provide hands-on care for both patient and parent.

Sponsoring Overseas Missions

We fund teams of volunteer medical personnel who travel to underdeveloped countries where they spend typically two weeks operating on children and providing training for the local staff of doctors.

Training Foreign Surgeons

Over the years we have provided funding to training several foreign pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons to help them advance their skills and provide children’s cardiac programs.

Providing Needed Equipment

Over those same years we have provided many hospitals in developing countries with medical supplies and specialized equipment to help them successfully treat their young patients.