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A Heart Like Ava

P.O. Box 1220

Gallipolis, OH  45631

Presenting Dr. Madsen with a $7,000 check for the Heart Institute Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

How Our Community is Helping AHLA:

  • Saunders Insurance Agency selected AHLA as the first recipient of their Community Referral Program and donated $2,500.00 to AHLA in 2020!! 
  • The GAHS Varsity Cheerleaders collected donations at their basketball game on Valentine's Day this year and were able to donate $178 to AHLA! 
  • As a community service project for National Honor Society, GAHS senior, Cooper Davis collected care package items for our heart families. He collected nearly every item we needed to fill 30 care packages! 
  • Every February since 2014 Green Elementary School has hosted a fundraiser for A Heart Like Ava for Heart Month. In 2020, they raised and donated $1,350.00!! 
  • The French City Society selected AHLA as the October 2019 charity recipient and donated $7,800.00! 

30 care packages and a tote full of snacks delivered to CCHMC in February 2019

This photo shows details of the items included in an AHLA care package.

Presenting Dr. Bryan Goldstein with a $10,000 check for the Congenital Catheterization Research Collaborative

A Heart Like Ava

How "A Heart Like Ava" is helping

A Heart Like Ava has two primary goals: supporting Congenital Heart Defect Research, and helping families affected by CHD's. 

Since November 2014, A Heart Like Ava has donated  $75,000 directly to the CHD research. Great strides are being made in creating new treatment options for CHD, and it is an honor for A Heart Like Ava to financially contribute to research. It is our hope that one day there will be a cure for these congenital heart defects, which claim the lives of thousands of babies every year. 

AHLA helps families affected by CHD's in several ways. Our main family support project is our care package program. Since beginning our care package program, we have delivered more than 270 packages to Cincinnati Children's Hospital CICU for families that often have long hospital stays with their child.

In addition to our care package program, AHLA provides snacks for the families of a child undergoing their Glenn surgery. The Glenn procedure is typically the second of three open heart surgeries required for palliation of a single ventricle heart defect.  Our sweet Ava spent 22 hours in the operating room for what was supposed to be her Glenn surgery (complications due to the anatomy of her heart prevented the surgeon from completing the Glenn physiology in Ava). We understand that the last thing a parent wants to do when their child is in the operating room is leave the waiting room to eat and possibly miss an update. So with some very special help, AHLA has snacks and a gift card for lunch delivered directly to the family in the waiting room. AHLA has contributed several thousand dollars to this project.

AHLA also provides additional to support to CHD families by way of gas cards, meals cards, & monetary donations, as funds are available. 

None of this could be done without YOUR support. We are so grateful for every one that has supported AHLA in any manner!