Houston, TX (PRWEB) December 15, 2004
Dr. William Novick, medical director and CEO of the International ChildrenÂs Heart Foundation (ICHF), will make his first trip to Houston Thursday, January 27, 2005, to speak to friends and supporters of Literacy Advance of Houston. Named the first Champion of Literacy for 2005, Dr. Novick will speak about his book and experiences on Thursday, January 27, 2005, at 6:00 p.m., at The Houston Club, 811 Rusk Street.
Dr. NovickÂs book, Healing the Heart of Croatia, was written in 1998. Though the stories of 12 children in war-torn Croatia, he and co-author Joseph Kerrigan, a Catholic priest, tell of their experiences in helping children with congenital heart disease who would have been unable to receive necessary medical treatment without the ICHF. Dr. Novick established the ICHF in 1994, and since then, he and his volunteer staff of more than 500 doctors, nurses and technicians have provided surgical care to more than 2,000 children in 17 countries.
The Champions of Literacy event recognizes those individuals whose life experiences have led them to author books on subjects close to them. Dr. Novick is the fifth author to be honored. Previous Champion of Literacy recipients include Houston Comets Coach Van Chancellor and former White House Press Secretary Peter Roussel. Literacy Advance of Houston, a United Way Agency since 1983, is in its 41st year of helping Houston residents to read, write and communicate in English so they can achieve their highest potential as parents, workers, citizens and community members.
Dr. Novick also is the featured pediatric cardiac surgeon in the film Chernobyl Heart, winner of the 2004 Academy AwardÂ® for Documentary Short Subject. Chernobyl Heart examines the continuing impact of the 1986 Chernobyl explosion, the worst nuclear accident in history. The United Nations estimates three to four million children from the area suffer from the effects of the. An average of 900 Byelorussian children per year are born with congenital heart defects, some of which are directly related to the Chernobyl disaster.
Dr. Novick is the Paul Nemir Professor of International Child Health at the University of Tennessee. He received the ÂBest Doctors in AmericaÂ designation from 2001-2004 and was recognized as one of ÂAmericaÂs Top SurgeonsÂ for 2004-05. More information about the ICHF is available at http://www.BabyHeart.org. The Web site of the Chernobyl ChildrenÂs Project International is available at http://www.ccp-intl.org/.
To arrange an interview with Dr. Novick, or to attend the event in his honor, please contact Dusty Gilbert at 713-266-8777 or email@example.com
Individual ticket prices for the event are $55, and table prices begin at $1,500. A silent and live auction will take place, with light refreshments and a cash bar available.
Literacy Advance of Houston teaches Houston residents to read, write and communicate effectively in English so they can achieve their full potential as parents, workers, citizens and community members. More information is available at http://www.literacyadvancehouston.org/
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