The Children's Heart Foundation was founded in 1996 and is the country's leading organization solely dedicated to funding congenital heart defect (CHD) research.
Our mission is to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects by funding the most promising research.
Charles Omenihu, defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs and the 2024 Super Bowl Champions, epitomizes resillience. Over his five-year NFL career, Omenihu has amassed an impressive 92 tackles and 18.5 sacks, contributing significantly to the Chiefs' journey to the Super Bowl. However, amidst his achievements on the field, Omenihu draws inspiration from his childhood best friend Newton "Newt" Ananti from Dallas Texas, who displayed unparalleled toughness as a heart warrior battling a congenital heart defect. Tragically, Newt passed away at the tender age of 19, leaving a lasting impact on Omenihu's perception of true strength.
Newt's story highlights the challenges faced by thousands of babies born in the U.S. each year with CHDs. These conditions vary in severity, often necessitating urgent medical intervention within the first year of life. However, organizations like The Children's Heart Foundation offer hope through their dedication to funding research and advancing CHD diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Since its inception in 1996, The Children's Heart Foundation has been instrumental in improving survival rates and enhancing the quality of life for individuals affected by CHDs. Yet, with an estimated 2-3 million people currently living with CHDs in the U.S., ongoing support is crucial to drive further progress. Your donation to The Children's Heart Foundation can make a profound difference, ensuring that more children like Newt have the opportunity to thrive.
Join us in honoring Newt's memory and supporting those affected by CHDs by contributing today. Together, we can continue making strides in the fight against congenital heart defects. Thank you for your generosity and unwavering support.