The Surgeons of Hope held an Art Exhibition & Benefit on April 12, 2018 at the New York Academy of Sciences on the 40th floor of 7 WTC with a spectacular view of Manhattan skyline. The Surgeons of Hope Foundation (SOH), was established in 2001 and provides children born with a heart defect in poor countries an equal opportunity to receive a heart surgery and to live a healthy life.
It was an intimate event with wine & cheese followed by an art auction for the paintings and photographs donated by various Latin American artists. While guests enjoy the evening sipping wine, Charles-Edouard CATHERINE, Executive Director of the foundation, gave a brief presentation on the strides the organization has made for the past year. Now they are performing 500 surgeries on children per year in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Peru, which well deserves a standing ovation for their outstanding work- saving thousands of little hearts.
This was all possible with surgeons dedicating their time, expertise and dedication to this worthy cause. But how is it possible for one charity to perform that 500 surgeries per year?
Since 2008, the Surgeons of Hope organized more than 25 missions to Nicaragua, which helped over 400 children receive life-saving care. They also constructed an advanced cardiac center providing training to local medical teams, screened thousands of patients and operated on close to 800 children in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Their reach was accelerated by American surgeons training local physicians in these countries.
Worldwide, over a million children are born with congenital heart disease every year. Millions more are affected by rheumatic heart disease. While most heart defects can now be corrected or improved, children living in developing countries are routinely denied life-saving cardiac surgery because of their place of birth.
It normally costs approximately $150,000 for a heart surgery in America. With surgeons donating their time, skill and dedication, a child can receive a heart surgery for about $5,000 through this organization.
For this benefit, Latin American artists donated their artwork for an auction, supporting the cause and raising funds to gift a life to a child in the world. Participating artists were Gabriel Asoka, Gulnara Samoilova and many others.
My favorite art was 'Consciousness" by Gabriel ASOKA (The Mazeking). Gabriel is an American Artist known for creating colorful, bold, and provocative artworks. Consciousness is a colorful oil, acrylic, oil pastel, wax crayon painting on white panel offering a rich and engaging perspective on life.
More information about the organization can be found at: https://surgeonsofhope.org. About 82% of the fund raised goes to the program. The event was held at 7 World Trade Center Completed in 2006.
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