Lauren Elise Memorial Foundation has granted nearly a half million dollars in support of specific CHD treatment and research initiatives. LEMF is committed to thoroughly vetting all grant opportunities with leading medical experts, to ensure only the most promising projects are evaluated for funding.
The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis - Tulsa, OK
LEMF grant funds of $35,000 enabled the purchase of "Sonosite" portable ultrasound technology in 2013. This equipment has been used hundreds of times by the Pediatric Cardiology team, and has been credited with enhancing the effectiveness and safety of a variety of procedures performed on children with heart defects at CHSF.
To date, LEMF has granted $185,000 as part of a $200,000 commitment to fully fund the purchase of a Sorin S5 Pediatric Heart-Lung Machine. This equipment replaces the obsolete and retrofitted "adult" equipment previously in use by CHSF, greatly increasing the efficiency and safety of procedures which require children to be placed on bypass during open heart surgery.
The Children's Heart Foundation - Chicago, IL
LEMF has granted $110,000 to fund research entitled "Transcriptional Profiling of Pediatric Cardiac Stem Cells" performed by Dr. Conrad Epting of the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. This project is one of the leading research projects put forth by the CHF Medical Advisory Board, consisting of more than 100 pediatric cardiologists, cardio-thoracic surgeons, academic scholars, and leading medical experts in the field of pediatric cardiology. The goal of the project is to determine the feasibility of using cardiac stem cells, which show great promise in assisting the heart to strengthen and heal following invasive heart surgery to treat congenital heart defects.
LEMF funds of $110,000 were granted to fund research entitled "Cavopulmonary Assist Device Development for Fontan Circulatory Support". This project is performed by Dr. Mark Rodefeld of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. Also identified as one of the most promising research projects by the CHF MAB, this project funds the feasibility, testing, and development of an automated device intended to restore near normal heart functionality where CHDs result in absent or ineffective heart chamber development. This is a condition which is commonly present in a high percentage of the most life threatening CHD cases, such as Lauren's.
Ethan M. Lindberg Foundation - Rockford, IL
LEMF granted $1,000 to support Ethan M. Lindberg Foundation in their endeavor to rent & furnish an apartment for heart families traveling to Boston Children's Hospital for care. For many families, facing congenital heart disease means packing a bag, leaving home and traveling to access the care their child needs. The EMLF apartment offers affordable and accessible housing to families traveling for cardiac care. We are proud to be able to support this wonderful organization!