I have seen many of my friends use an unexpected adverse experience to catapult them into some type of positive action (see Day 60- Skully's Wish, Day 28-Support A Friend, Alzheimer's, Day 57-Ovarian Cancer). We participate in various causes because we are affected personally, because of friendship, or because the story behind the action makes us want to help. It’s the story behind my childhood best friend’s loss of her husband to heart failure and her family’s amazing dream to make things better for others in similar situations, that fuels my desire to help and share the cause of the Joe Beretta Foundation. (see TheJoeBerettaFoundation.com)
|First Open house for the Foundation in NJ|
The man that inspired the foundation, Joe Beretta, used his many talents throughout his life to give a hand up and to support others. His family is now doing the same. The goal is to build a facility to keep up to 10 families together during the two(2) to three (3) month treatment period for patients who need the VAD to combat their advanced heart failure. This life saving VAD procedure is only performed in a few select hospitals and traveling families often can not afford the cost of lodging, meals, etc., to stay with their loved ones for the duration of treatment.
|"We wondered where were all the patient families"|
|Growing up I was just the 8th kid in Lillian's family of 7.|
Left Ventricular Assist Device http://www.mylvad.com/content/what-lvad-how-does-it-work