New Website Helps to Educate Parents and to Saves Children’s Lives

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The Rachel Cooper Foundation for Pediatric Cardiology has just launched its new website, RachelCooperFoundation.org, in order to help educate parents about how to keep their children heart healthy and to provide information about its programs to provide life saving heart surgeries to correct congenital defects to children from around the world.

The Rachel Cooper Foundation for Pediatric Cardiology has just launched its new website, RachelCooperFoundation.org, in order to help educate parents about how to keep their children heart healthy and to provide information about its programs, in cooperation with the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), to provide life saving heart surgeries to correct congenital defects to children from around the world.

The Rachel Cooper Foundation was born out of tragedy, the loss of 12 year old Rachel. In an effort to help prevent others from suffering the agony of losing a child and to perpetuate Rachel’s name and the light she brought to the world, her parents, family and friends established the Rachel Cooper Foundation for Pediatric Cardiology.

Our new website provides important recommendations to parents on keeping their children heart healthy and fighting obesity, a major cause of heart disease in children and adults. In addition to the “WAYS TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP HEALTHY HABITS”, there are links to many other useful sources of information to assist parents.

On RachelCooperFoundation.org you will find information about the foundation’s major programs. They include:

The establishment of the Rachel Cooper Foundation Pediatric Heart Center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore was one the foundations early projects. When plans were announced to build the new state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital we were invited to provide support for the establishment of a pediatric heart center in exchange for it being named for Rachel. We contributed one million dollars to that effort.

The “Heal-A-Heart Program” is the centerpiece of the Rachel Cooper Foundation’s commitment to save the lives of children born with congenital heart defects. It was inspired by the need to provide life saving open heart surgery to children from around the world who are born in nations that lack the skilled surgeons and the advanced medical facilities to correct their congenital heart defects. Without surgical intervention, these children are destined to suffer through childhood with severely impaired health and the certainty of a short life span. To date more than 770 children have been saved by this work.

The “Day of a Thousand Smiles” is the highlight of the year for the Rachel Cooper Foundation. Each October we invite 1000 handicapped and underprivileged children to be our guests for a fun filled day at the Big Apple Circus in Lincoln Center. Some of the children are severely handicapped, some of them are wheel chair bound but that doesn’t prevent them from laughing at the clowns and cheering wildly for the many exciting acts at this world-class circus. The smile on their faces and the joy in their hearts demonstrates the power and beauty of giving.

To learn more about these and our other programs visit our website at RachelCooperFoundation.org or call us at 1(800) 299-7613 or send e-mail to info(at)rachelcooperfoundation(dot)org.

To help support this important work of saving the lives of children you can make a donation at http://rachelcooperfoundation.org/donate.html .

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