Matthew's Hearts of Hope in Sherman will hold its fifth annual “Giving from the Heart Gala” Oct. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. in Danbury.

The gala will take place at Anthony's Lake Club.

Matthew's Hearts of Hope, Inc. was founded by Marie Hatcher, mother of Matthew, to raise awareness to the number one birth defect, congenital heart defects (CHDs), offer support to CHD patients and their families, as well as raise funds for research.

The nonprofit organization has touched many families continues to make a difference in the lives of families who have children with congenital heart defects by providing funding for pediatric cardiology fellows to improve treatment and outcomes for CHD.

The organization has responded to the call to expand its reach to additional hospitals on the East Coast and has added five hospitals to its Research Grant Application Program so that more families can benefit from this groundbreaking work.

In 2014, one of the grantees created a 3-D heart that has changed the face of treatment for CHD kids.

This advancement now enables doctors to “practice” how they are going to approach a surgery with a mirror image of the heart prior to the surgery that actually reduces the possibility of future surgeries and save these patients precious time on the heart/lung bypass machine.

Normally, the first time the surgeon sees the heart is when the child’s chest is open and they are already on the heart lung bypass machine.

This advancement is a game changer in the CHD world.

This year, Matthew’s Hearts of Hope is working on funding two more 3D heart projects through Boston Children’s Hospital and Montefiore.

In other news, Matthew has had a rough year.

He had his fourth open heart surgery last November and has since been diagnosed with plastic bronchitis, a side effect of high pressures in his half a heart. He has been hospitalized three times since March.

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