Each year in the U.S. over 35,000 children are born with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD).
Angel's Pediatric Heart House (APHH) was founded in 2004 in memory of Dr. Angel R. Perez, a South Florida pediatric cardiologist who succumbed to cancer. He was survived by his wife, Sonia Perez and two daughters.
Our mission is to provide financial, emotional and social support to South Florida children affected by Congenital or Childhood Acquired Heart Disease (CHD) and their families. Our vision is to be a leader in offering free quality programs and services to the South Florida CHD. The diagnosis of a life threatening illness, such as a Congenital Heart Defect, in a newborn is devastating. Parents often question how they may have contributed to this problem when in actuality a CHD is an unknown random occurrence. The diagnosis almost immediately begins to affect the entire family in several ways--fears of what may lie ahead for the sick child, changes in family routines and schedules, stress, one parent is usually unable to return to work due to frequent medical appointments with their child, concerns about possible financial impact, sibling issues may arise as the focus is placed on sick child.
At APHH, our hope is to help alleviate the financial, emotional and social challenges of CHD families. We seek to accomplish this through free programs and services, such as: emergency financial aid for basic human needs to CHD families in crisis during their child's hospital stay; family matching and peer-to-peer support, family fun days, hospital outreach to children undergoing heart surgery at area hospitals; gifting a hospitalized child with a Heart Shadow Buddy.
The expression of gratitude on a parent's face when they are visited in the hospital and giving a gift card for a meal; the smile of a hospitalized five-year old who just received a Heart Shadow Buddy (a "just like me" condition specific doll); the teenager who connects with other heart teens at family fun days and realizes that he/she is not the only one with a physical scar down the chest--these moments are possible only through the generosity of our donors.
Join and support our cause--because the heartbeat of a child matters!