Rotary and Gift of Life (Aired 12/3/10)
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Ms. Fredlee Ann Kaplan (Chairman’s Council, Gift of Life International) and Mr. Bill Currie (International President, Gift of Life International), both members of The Rotary Club of New York, discuss how Gift of Life has saved more than ten thousand children’s lives by addressing the medical needs of children who suffer from congenital heart defects and other similar conditions. Starting with heart surgery on one girl from Uganda in 1975, supported by the Rotary Club of Manhasset in New York, the program grew to become Gift of Life International in 2003. The Gift of Life International is still largely run through the efforts of Rotary clubs throughout the world, such as The Rotary Club of New York, with help from humanitarian foundations and much of the worldwide medical community.