The Hope Marietta Foundation has focused our charitable
efforts on two main approaches:
Charitable Fund Raising: To dedicate our efforts to raising charitable funds for larger more established charitable organizations who are better positioned to fund research that will help us fight congenital heart disease.
Community Support & Involvement: To interact with and support those in need within our immediate community. It is our goal to facilitate volunteer efforts and charitable giving which will directly impact our community by helping members within it who are less fortunate.
Congenital heart defects (CHD) are America’s and every country’s #1 birth defect. Nearly 1 of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.
Congenital heart defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths.
Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States.
Each year over 1 million babies are born worldwide with a congenital heart defect. 100,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday and thousands more die before they reach adulthood.
91,000 life years are lost each year in this country due to congenital heart defects.
The cost for inpatient surgery to repair congenital heart defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year.
More than 50% of all children born with congenital heart defect will require at least one invasive surgery in their lifetime.
There are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause of most of them. There is no known prevention or cure for any of them.
In the United States, twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.
One important component we never forget it fun. We structure every event and effort around this important factor, and we promise there will be no shortage of it. Charitable efforts should be both rewarding and enjoyable, and we have found the perfect mix!
Dedicated $70,000+ in charitable contributions towards CHD research and families
25+ camp scholarships to Camp Heartbeat
300+ gift boxes to area hospitals during the holidays
Placed four FunCenter mobile gaming units in area hospitals
Sponsored numerous family picnics and festivals
Foster impactful relationships with area hospitals and family support groups
2017: Nina Barbera – Children’s National Medical Center
2016: Martee Goldberg - Children's National Medical Center
2015: Kamil Barker - Children's National Medical Center
2014: Melissa Jones - Children's National Medical Center
2013: Lucy Burrell - Children's National Medical Center
2012: Savannah Grant - Inova Children's Hospital
2011: Michelle Miller - Children's National Medical Center
2010: P.J. Eshbach - Children's National Medical Center