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Children's HeartLink Receives $250,000 Gift From Anonymous Donor to Support International Programs

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2013) - Children's HeartLink, a nonprofit organization partnering with health care centers in underserved regions of the world to promote sustainable care for children with heart disease, today announced a $250,000 philanthropic gift from an anonymous donor -- the largest individual gift Children's HeartLink has ever received.

This gift will fund Children's HeartLink's general operations and will support the organization's international programs that offer organizational capacity building, as well as clinical training and technical assistance opportunities for pediatric cardiac professionals at partner hospitals and programs in six countries. It will allow Children's HeartLink to support partner sites effectively and efficiently while maintaining focus on the long-term goals of sustainability and improved quality and accessibility of care.

"Our purpose and aspiration is to assure that children around the world have access to quality care for the treatment of heart disease. This extremely generous gift helps makes our work possible and will have an extremely far-reaching impact on our partner sites and their pediatric cardiac programs," said Elizabeth Perlich Sweeney, president of Children's HeartLink.

The gift was received at the end of 2012, as part of Children's HeartLink's year-end giving campaign.

About Children's HeartLink
Founded in 1969, Children's HeartLink is a nonprofit organization partnering with health care centers in underserved regions of the world to promote sustainable cardiac care for children with congenital or acquired heart disease. Congenital heart disease is the world's most common major birth defect, affecting one in every 120 children. Nearly 90 percent of those newborns are in areas of the world where appropriate medical care is inadequate or unavailable. Children's HeartLink currently supports partner hospitals and programs in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Ukraine and Vietnam. For more information on Children's HeartLink, please visit www.childrensheartlink.org.