Bridgeport Rotary issues Gift of Life Challenge to all D7980 Rotary Clubs

PRIVP Abe Gordon of the Bridgeport Rotary Club has announced that his Club has raised $6,000 to save the life of another child in need of heart surgery, as the Newtown Rotary Club did last month.

In early January we reported that the Newtown Rotary Club is giving the Gift of Life to a 3.5 year old girl, named Gensis, from Belize  who has serious heart disease and required a specialized operation that wasn’t obtainable in her country. The Newtown Connecticut Rotary Club and the Gift of Life group worked out an arrangement with The Children’s Hospital to get the operation and the care that she needed for a donation of $6,000 by the Newtown Rotary Club, which was a modest amount in comparison to the normal ‘rack rate’ of such specialized care.

Bridgeport Rotary, like Newtown Rotary, is doing this program with the assistance of Gift of Life International.

Abe Gordon is hoping that other Rotary Clubs will be willing raise funds for an additional 18 open heart surgeries. Please see his letter to D7980 Rotarians below:

Abe Gordon Gift of Life Challenge Letter http://bits.ws/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/abe-gordon-gol-letter.pdf

Abe Gordon Gift of Life Challenge Letter

Abe would love the opportunity to discuss this challenge, please feel free to contact Abe via telephone (his numbers are in the letter)

$2,000 donated the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven

Rev. Owen Sanderson, Lynda Hammond &  Wendy Kirby

Rev. Owen Sanderson, Lynda Hammond & Wendy Kirby

Rev. Owen Sanderson, VP and Lynda Hammond, President of Rotary District 7980 Gift of Life Foundation presented a check in the amount of $2,000.00 to Ms. Wendy Kirby, House Manager of the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven.

President Hammond thanks all of the Rotarians, Clubs and our District members who provide support to the Gift of Life Foundation with the resources to extend a helping hand to our families with seriously ill kids.

More information of the Gift of Life Foundation can be found by <clicking here>

Newtown Rotary Club is giving the Gift of Life

Past President Pat Caruso - Talking on the Gift of Life

Past President Pat Caruso – Talking on the Gift of Life

Tonight several Newtown Rotarians are braving this brutally cold weather and taking the train down to New York City to meet a family from Belize whose 3 1/2 year daughter, Genesis, is in serious need of a heart operation.

Logistics have been coordinated through the Rotary Club at JFK Airport to meet the family and get them into the City for a Gift of Life event before they all return to Newtown Connecticut to stay with Immediate Past President Mike Toll and his wife Monica.

Genesis has a hole in her heart, has congenial heart disease and she requires a specialized operation that wasn’t obtainable in her country. At 3 1/2 years old, she is just 22 lbs and her prognosis would be dire without this specialized care.

The Newtown Connecticut Rotary Club and the Gift of Life group have worked out an arrangement with The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore where she will get the operation and the care that she needs for a donation of $6,000 by the Newtown Rotary Club, which is a modest amount in comparison to the normal ‘rack rate’ of such specialized care.

She will visit the with cardiologist next week and the operation will probably take place the following week, followed by 6-8 weeks of recovery time before Genesis and her family can return home.

Past President Pat Caruso, who is passionate about the good that Rotary and The Gift of Life does, is the contact person for this initiative. The entire Newtown Rotary Club is laser focused on helping people within their community and around the world.

Rotary fun(draisers) this weekend in our great little State….

We have many fantastic Rotary Club Fun(raisers) coming up in our great little State of Connecticut this weekend. Indoors or outdoors; whatever your pleasure there is something for everyone.

You can start the weekend with BBQ and Cigars, enjoy plenty of great Beer and Food at a pair of Ocktoberfests and conclude with fabulous homemade wine, international cuisine and flowers. No reason to cook this weekend!!!!

The Fall is a perfect time to enjoy all of the special events that many of our clubs are putting on this weekend.  Jennifer and/or I will do our best to make most of these events this weekend and we encourage all District 7980 Rotarians to come out to support these clubs and have a little fun along the way.

If I missed a club event then send it on over and I will update this post.