100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun to Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund

Participating in the check presentation by 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun to Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund were, from left, Susan Barlow, Trenna Farrell, Cathy Korkosz and Leann Landberg.

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect and affect about 1 percent of births per year in the U.S.

Dan and Margaret Majetich suffered the life-altering loss of two children to heart defects. To honor the lives of their only children, the Majetichs created the Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund in 1985. 

The organization seeks to minimize the financial and emotional burden on families and enable children with heart disease to enjoy an active, fulfilling life.  

The charity focuses its efforts on medical expenses, educational and recreational opportunities, and referrals to additional care providers.  

Everyday activities most of us take for granted are opportunities children with these conditions can rarely experience due to their medical needs. 

Sleepovers have always been a childhood pastime and something every kid looks forward to. Just the idea of being able to stay up late, play silly games and perhaps even pull off a prank or two is what gets some of our youngsters through the school week.  

The Nick and Kelly Children’s Heart Fund helps to make these wishes a reality by sponsoring children to attend a summer camp where those with similar conditions can experience the joy of camaraderie and independence.  

Families have the peace of mind knowing their children are in good hands with medically trained staff taking care of their children while they are away from home.  

In November, the Nick and Kelly Children’s Heart Fund was the recipient of $6,700 in donations from the East Valley group of 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun. 

These funds will allow more children with these conditions to attend camp.  They will also help Arizona families by eliminating the financial strains of rising medical costs associated with their child’s heart condition.

100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun is a group of like-minded, passionate women who want to connect to one another and to their communities. 

The ladies leverage their resources so their quarterly gifts of $100 per member add up to a significant donation to a local charity.  

Since the chapter’s inception in 2015, the chapter has donated over $500,000 to local nonprofits.  Visit nickandkellyfund.org and 100wwcvalleyofthesun.org to learn more about these important organizations. 

The next giving circle in the East Valley is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Guests are welcome.