On Sunday September 23rd, one of our Board members, Giustina Schiano, held a Fundraiser in memory of her son Lee Andrew Hirsch, who passed away from Viral Myocarditis. This was her second annual “King of Hearts” fundraising and awareness event. The luncheon was attended by almost 200 family and friends who came together to honor Lee’s memory in hopes that they could help prevent another mother from going through the sadness and loss that Giustina has had to endure.
The room was filled with love and support for Giustina. The generosity of so many who donated baskets for the silent auction was an additional amazing display of support for Giustina and the Myocarditis Foundation. Giustina is working towards supporting a Myocarditis Foundation Fellowship Grant in Lee’s memory.
Speakers at the event were Dr. Delisa Fairweather, PhD and Dr. Katelyn Bruno, PhD, myocarditis researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, who spoke about the Myocarditis Foundation Biobank and Myocarditis Research being done. Christopher Corso, Vice-President of the Foundation and father of a teenage Myocarditis Survivor also spoke about his passion to end the disease.
Many thanks to all those who attended and supported the Myocarditis Foundation!