Sunday October 16, 2022 was the 3rd King of Hearts Fundraiser in memory of Lee Andrew Hirsch, which was held at Nicotra’s Ballroom in the Staten Island Hilton, NYC, to benefit the Myocarditis Foundation. There were 133 attendees who participated in the festivities. So many generous donations were made from 114 donors to enable the 104 amazing gift baskets for the raffle tables! It took a village of family and friends to put this all together, with Giustina Schiano as the chairperson.

Featured Guest Speakers included:

* Dr. Leslie Cooper, MD, the Foundation’s Chief Medical Director, and Co-Founder, who is the Chair of the Cardiovascular Medicine Dept, at Mayo Clinic, Florida.

* Dr. Danette Flint, MD, Cardiologist and Myocarditis Researcher at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, who was awarded the Myocarditis Foundation’s Fellowship Grant in 2019, in memory of Lee Andrew Hirsch.

* Candace Moose, Co-Founder of the Myocarditis Foundation, a Giant Cell Myocarditis Survivor and Heart Transplant Recipient.

The Myocarditis Foundation presented an award to Giustina Schiano for all her efforts in raising awareness for Myocarditis and the funding needed for Dr. Flint’s fellowship grant. The funding enabled Dr. Flint to have dedicated research time during her critical care fellowship and early faculty career to pursue research on a larger scale, using a database of more than 40,000 patients. She will be submitting a manuscript for publication this month on her research. The funding provided by the Myocarditis Foundation in honor of Lee Andrew Hirsch has had and will have a domino effect, promoting ongoing research beyond its initial scope.

Some comments from the attendees were:  It was a first-class affair; they were impressed that the Myocarditis Foundation was present and engaged in the event; Please don’t wait two years for the next one, we want to see you again next year!

The Foundation thanks Giustina Schiano for all her efforts to make this such a successful event!

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