WHY WE RESEARCH
A successful heart transplant should be the end of the journey, but for a child living with a new heart, it is just the beginning. After all, heart transplants don’t last forever, the average only lasts 17 years. While scientific advances have been made to improve graft survival rates during the first year, the long-term survival rate for heart transplantation has only marginally improved.
Most people believe that a transplanted heart is a cure for children born with congenital heart defects, in reality, it is often just a temporary treatment. That is why we fund the often overlooked research needed to help eliminate rejection, prevent life-threatening complications, and reduce the risk that a child will need a second transplant.