This Christmas, donate to a future where all kids are healthy

Help us find ways to prevent heart defects

“On the day she was born,” says Charlotte’s mum Saasha, “they could tell her heart wasn’t beating normally”. Charlotte had two holes in her heart and two faulty valves.

“I had to say goodbye to my baby girl as she was wheeled into an operating theatre where surgeons would cut a huge hole in her tiny chest. It was the most tormenting moment in my life.”

Charlotte is now 5 years old and healthy after major surgery to fix the problems her heart. Other families are not so lucky.

What is the Institute doing to help kids with heart defects?

One of our goals at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is to help babies born with heart defects by rapidly discovering and identifying genetic mutations that cause childhood heart disease.

So far our scientists have conducted genetic analysis on 140 families with congenital heart disease. But there is so much more to be done.

How can you help sick kids this Christmas?

We urgently need to raise $132,000 by 31 December to map the entire genetic make-up of 50 more Australians – patients, parents and siblings - to discover genes that cause heart defects and identify what can be done to prevent or treat them.

Your donations today will fast-track medical research so scientists can identify genetic mutations and fight against childhood heart disease. Please be part of this research and support us this Christmas.

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