Sadly, many of us have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. We truly hope though that the majority, if not all of you have only been affected by the restrictions that the pandemic has imposed on us as a global community.
One of these restrictions is the cause of our cancelling the 5th Annual Gala. Getting 400 people in a room together is not anything we will be able to do now or sadly, anytime soon.
We were planning to honor our Gala Chairperson, Christopher Corso, who implemented the Gala in honor of his son Matthew. Christopher Corso wanted to help give back to raise awareness and funding for the Myocarditis Foundation so that the Foundation could move forward with research into finding answers to help stop the disease that had changed their lives so dramatically. This Gala event has enabled the Foundation to start our ground-breaking Biobank. COVID-19 has drained many of the medical/research talent to handle the pandemic, but with adjustments and delays our work will resume in search of a cure.
Matthew was stricken with Viral Myocarditis in May of 2015 and has been battling its effects since. Matthew is one of three young men, all of the same age from various areas of the country, who were affected by either Viral or Giant Cell Myocarditis, and who have needed to adapt their lifestyles as high school students to accommodate the needs of their illnesses. All three will be graduating high school this year and we were hoping to get them all together again to celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations to you all!
We pledge to continue to work towards researching and finding answers for this disease. We are hopeful that you can help us rally around and continue to help support the Myocarditis Foundation in our mission by making donations online via our website: www.myocarditisfoundation.org and click on the red Donate Button on the top right hand side of our webpages. Or if you prefer to send a check, please make it out to: The Myocarditis Foundation, and mail it to: 3518 Echo Mountain Drive Kingwood, Texas. 77345
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