Each year in the U.S. over 35,000 children are born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). In addition to the emotional challenges of caring
Angel's Pediatric Heart House 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 Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) families residing in South Florida or whose cardiac child is being treate in South Florida. Our vision is to be a leader in offering free quality programs and services to the CHD community of South Florida. The diagnosis of a life threatening illness, such as a heart defect, in a newborn is devastating. Parents often question how they may have contributed to this problem when in actuality a CHD is thought to be 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 emotional, social and financial challenges of CHD families. We seek to accomplish this through free programs and services, such as: family matching and peer-to-peer support, family fun days to alleviate the stress of organizing a family activity and bring CHD families together, hospital outreach to children undergoing heart surgery at area hospitals by providing care packages with age appropriate gifts, financial assistance to help parents with lodging, transportation and travel expenses, meals, utility bills and rent.
The expression of gratitude on a parent's face when they are visited in the hospital by people unknown to them carrying gifts; the smile of a five-year old who just received a gift card as he/she lays in a hospital bed recovering from a second or third heart surgery; 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!