Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Heart to Heart Celebrates 20 Years!

Valentine’s Day was special this year as MTAC was able to support the 20th anniversary of Heart to Heart at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.

Heart to Heart is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1989 to teach physicians in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad, USSR) how to perform open-heart surgery on children. The break-up of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War literally opened the door for Heart to Heart to expand its teaching to other regions of Russia, giving millions more children access to modern heart care.

Heart to Heart’s focus since 1989 has been teaching throughout Russia. Valentine’s Day marked 20 years of surgical-educational missions to that country and the 7,000 children whose lives have been saved by their Russian colleagues. Heart to Heart-Sponsored sites have already given access to modern heart care for children to the 68 million people living in three of Russia’s seven vast districts.

A great time was had by all at the event. We look forward to continuing support of Heart to Heart’s heroic and sustainable efforts.