Dear China Cal donors and volunteers,
In 2012, the China California Heart Watch provided the funds for 44 children with congenital heart disease to undergo corrective surgery in Yunnan hospitals. Please take a moment to view the attached file, which includes their photos, stories and progress (note: last names have been removed to protect the childrens' privacy). These are the children who you helped to give a second chance at a normal life. They thank you, and the China California Heart Watch thanks you.
We are pushing ahead in 2013. Last quarter, we took receipt of a major donation from the Chinese Overseas Students Development Foundation (COSDF) in order to continue to develop our program for preventing and treating congenital heart disease. China Cal administrative director Shan Shan Chen and director Robert Detrano received the award at the Office of the European American Classmates Organization in Beijing, where they met Dr. Han Qi De, chairman of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology.
Part of the money received from COSDF has already been alloted to renting a new children's heart clinic in the city of Dali, Yunnan Province. The clinic has over 120 square meters of space for examination and treatment and for housing volunteers and staff. The new clinic, located at 14 Xue Fu Lu, replaces the upper floor of Farmer Yang's home in the Er Hai Men region of Dali; it is already functional and ready to receive patients.
In December 2012, China Cal completed heart screening in Xuanwei County, an impoverished coal mining district of Yunnan. Led by professors from Kunming Medical University and Hong Kong University, China Cal volunteers screened 25,000 school children for murmurs and found 74 children with heart disease. 40 of them will require and receive treatment with help from China Cal and its partner organizations. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer in 2013, please fill out an application using the attached link and contact Vinh Luong, our recruitment director.
Thank you again for your support and continued interest in the China Cal.