On Friday, February 18th from 6:00p-11:00p we will have our opening reception for it's all about the heART to help raise funds for the Helping Hearts Fund.
Heart transplantation at Cleveland Clinic is offered to patients who meet transplant criteria regardless of income or insurance. Of the 70 to 75 heart transplant patients a the clinic each year, about one-fourth lack adequate insurance coverage. However, costs for such a procedure go way beyond a hospital stay. Medication and other costs can exceed $3,500 per month. The Helping Hearts Fund was started in 2007 in response to this need. Without the Helping Hearts Fund, a transplant patient would remain in the hospital for several weeks or even months after a successful surgery because they cannot afford the first month's prescriptions. The fund also helps patients with medication costs who are waiting for a transplant. Since the start of the fund more than 50 patients have been helped.
So whether you buy a piece of art, buy tickets for a raffle, or donate directly to the fund, your generosity will help ease burdens and help many people move on to live happy healthy lives!
Read more about patients' stories, how the fund began and the source for this post.