what we fund

Each year, the Mend a Heart Foundation selects one or more projects that support our mission of extending and enriching the lives of children born with congenital heart defects.

2018 grant applications are due by October 31, 2017. Click on the button below to access the application.

2018 Grant Application

2017 Recipients

01.

Banking for the Future of Congenital Heart Disease

Dr. Conrad L. Epting, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
 Amount Funded: $45,100
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02.

Fontan Blood Pump: Advanced Prototype Completion

Dr. Mark D. Rodefeld, Indiana University
 Amount Funded: $60,000
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03.

Camp Odayin
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN
Amount funded: $46,500 to help fund the cost of expansion into the Wisconsin-Illinois region.
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04.

Young Hearts For Life
Dr. Joseph Marek
Downers Grove, IL
Funding granted: $20,000 for the purchase of digital EKG machines to be used in cardiac screenings of high school children in the western suburbs of Illinois.

Past Recipients

2016 Recipients

01.

Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston
Dr. Cynthia Ortinau, Primary InvestigatorResearch
Project: Understanding Fetal Brain Development in Critical Congenital Heart Disease
Amount funded $21,414 (Year 2 funding)
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02.

Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation
Dr. Brad Marino, MD, Primary Investigator
Research Project: Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Support Program
Amount funded: $40,000
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03.

Camp Odayin
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN
Amount funded: $46,500 to help fund the cost of expansion into the Wisconsin-Illinois region.
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04.

Young Hearts For Life
Dr. Joseph Marek
Downers Grove, IL
Funding granted: $20,000 for the purchase of digital EKG machines to be used in cardiac screenings of high school children in the western suburbs of Illinois.

2015 Recipients

01.

Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston
Dr. Cynthia Ortinau, Primary Investigator
Research Project: Understanding Fetal Brain Development in Critical Congenital Heart Disease
Amount funded $32,948 (Year 1)
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02.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Dr. Conrad L Epting, Primary Investigator
Research Project: Unraveling Pediatric Heart Failure and the Stem Cell Compartment
Amount funded: $22,000
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03.

Seattle Children's Heart Center
Dr. Stephen Seslar and Dr. Charles Murry, Primary Investigators
Research Project: Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Heart Rhythm Problems in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: Initial Evaluation in a Canine Model
Amount funded: $36,447
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04.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Delaware
Dr. Erica Sood, Primary Investigator
Amount funded: $7,880
Research Project: Incorporating parent perspectives in the development of a family-based psychosocial intervention in a pediatric cardiac center
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05.

Camp Odayin
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN
Amount funded: $25,000 to help fund the cost of sending heart families from the Midwest to Camp Odayin's Family Camp in the fall of 2015, held at Camp Wunderland near Lake Geneva
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2014 Recipients

01.

Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Michael E. Mitchell, Primary Investigator
Milwaukee, WI
Research Project: Non-Invasive Indicator of Fetal Well Being for Unborn Infants with Congenital Heart Disease
Amount funded: $40,000 (Year 1)
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02.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Dr. Delaney and Dr. Mussatto, Primary Investigators
Milwaukee, WI
Research Project: FEED ME Study
Amount funded: $20,117
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03.

Young Hearts For Life
Dr. Joseph Marek
Downers Grove, IL
Funding granted: $24,000 for the purchase of digital EKG machines to be used in cardiac screenings of high school children in the western suburbs of Illinois.

04.

Camp Odayin
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN

Funding granted: $20,000

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2012 Recipients

01.

Medical University of South Carolina - Shahryar Chowdhury, MD, Primary Investigator
Charleston, SC
Research Project: Validation of Non-Invasive Measures of Contractility in the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Population
Amount funded: $15,000
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02.

Camp Odayin
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN
Funding granted: $16,000
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2011 Recipients

01.

Children's Hospital of Boston Harvard Medical School
Jane Newburger, MD, Primary Investigator
Boston, MA
Research Project: International Study of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Following Cardiac Surgery in Neonates and Infants
Amount funded in Year 1 of study: $17,500
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02.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
David Hehir, MD, Primary Investigator
Herma Heart Center Milwaukee, WI
Research project: Correlation of Cerebral Near-Infrared Spectroscopy with Serum Biomarkers of Brain Injury in Infants after Cardiac Surgery
Amount funded in Year 2 of study: $9,714
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03.

Camp Odayin
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN
Funding granted: $7,500
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2010 Recipients

01.

University of Utah
Shaji Menon, MD, Primary Investigator
Division of Pediatrics
Salt Lake City, UT
Research project: Effect of Sildenafil on Exercise Capacity in Pediatric Fontan Patients
Amount funded: $24,106
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02.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
David Hehir, MD, Primary Investigator
Herma Heart Center
Milwaukee, WI
Research project: Correlation of Cerebral Near-Infrared Spectroscopy with Serum Biomarkers of Brain Injury in Infants after Cardiac Surgery
Amount funded in Year 1 of study: $20,000
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03.

Camp Odayin
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN
Funding granted: $7,500
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2009 Recipients

01.

Camp Odayin
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN
Funding granted: $15,000
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2008 Recipients

01.

Dr. Charles E. Murry
University of Washington
Induction of Cardiac Differentiation from IPS Cells
Funding granted: $37,500
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2007 Recipients

01.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Dr. Nancy Ghanayem
Herma Heart Center
Milwaukee, WI
Research project: Long-term neurological outcomes of children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome
Funding granted: $20,000

WHY MEND A HEART

EXTEND & ENRICH THE LIVES OF HEART KIDS

Mend a Heart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. In support of all children born with congenital heart defects and medical practitioners and researchers who advance congenital heart defect research, the Mend a Heart Foundation supports initiatives that extend and enrich the lives of heart kids.

The organization has no paid employees; it is run strictly by volunteers. One hundred percent of proceeds are directed toward initiatives that support our mission.

Want to help or have questions?

773 909 5214

c/o Bridget and Brian O'Meara
P.O. Box 264
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
info@mendaheart.org

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