New York, NY (PRWEB) January 28, 2014
On the heels of a successful celebrity fundraising event held at the end of last year, 2014 is off to a great start for the Hannah Storm Foundation with the surgery funding for our newest patient, Prince (age 5) from South Africa. Prince suffers from a severe lymphatic malformation of his eye and cheek and without the surgery he is at risk of losing his eye.
“It was a dream come true to meet Prince in person and have him come to New York,” said Hannah Storm, president of the Hannah Storm Foundation. “Like all our children, Prince is so full of life and energy and deserves every opportunity for a lifetime of normalcy.”
Funding for Prince’s surgery was made possible by monies raised at our Celebrity Waiter Night through a special “Fund-a-Need” program where guests were able to donate directly to a fund set up for Prince and other children who suffer from various vascular anomalies.
Once again the Hannah Storm Foundation is working with world-renowned vascular anomaly surgeon, Dr. Milton Waner, through the Vascular Birthmark Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
“I’m so grateful to all our generous donors, and to Dr. Milton Waner and the staff at the Vascular Birthmark Institute for making this procedure a reality for Prince and his family,” Storm added.
“Hannah has become the voice for children with birthmarks and I’m pleased to again be working in conjunction with her foundation for this very special little boy,” said Dr. Milton Waner of the Vascular Birthmark Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
A vascular anomaly is a tumor made up of blood vessels and can be extremely serious, even life threatening. Vascular anomalies can affect all children despite race or gender. Vascular anomalies are present at or soon after birth. Approximately ten percent of children born in the U.S. with a vascular anomaly will have to see a specialist.
The most common anomaly is a hemangioma affecting about 1 in 10 children. Port Wine Stains affect about 1 in 1,000 children, 9 out of 10 of which are girls. Today, many insurance companies still designate the treatment of vascular lesions as cosmetic surgery.
For more information on vascular anomalies and how you can support the Hannah Storm Foundation, please visit http://www.hannahstormfoundation.org.
About Hannah Storm Foundation
The Hannah Storm Foundation was created in 2008 to raise awareness, fund treatment and provide educational information for children suffering from debilitating and disfiguring Vascular Birthmarks. Hannah's passion stems from having a port wine stain birthmark underneath her left eye. The Foundation also funds the Hannah Storm Journalism Internship at Notre Dame. It was started in 2006 as an opportunity for current Notre Dame undergraduate students to gain practical experience while working in the Alumni Association's Communications and Marketing department. For more information on how to donate please visit http://www.hannahstormfoundation.org.