This weekend, I had the opportunity to be a speaker at Between Your Heart and Mine put on by Mended Little Hearts of Volusia County. The event was beautiful, held at the Hilton in Daytona with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop.
This gala was put on to raise money for an organization called Hearts Without Boundaries. Hearts Without Boundaries provides life saving heart surgeries to impoverished children in Cambodia. Their long term goal is not just to provide a few children with lifesaving surgeries (which would be incredibly noble), but to set up an independent pediatric cardiothoracic team within the next 5 years to handle many of the surgeries!
In January, Hearts Without Boundaries launched a medical mission in which 15 life saving heart surgeries were performed in Cambodia by doctors from Wisconsin and California free of charge! Hearts Without Boundaries does not have any payed employees, so all of the money they raise goes directly where it needs to go.
They are planning on launching another mission by the end of this year.
Since Saturday, I have not been able to stop thinking... If I was born in Cambodia would I be alive? What would it be like for my parents to know that their child could be saved, but they didn't have the money or resources to make it happen?
I had the opportunity to sit at a table with Peter Chhun, the founder of Hearts Without Boundaries. He is an incredibly genuine man. This video introduces you to Peter and shows some of the great work that Hearts Without Boundaries has done.
Check them out on facebook!