Who we are

Our Story

A Giving Heart Foundation was started by Colleen and Mike Berk and their family after their newborn Brayden was diagnosed with Aortic Valve Stenosis, requiring balloon angioplasty at just one month old.  Although the procedure went well and their son continues to grow strong, the Berks have fears for the future – and the invasive surgeries Brayden may have to endure.  The Berks decided no other family should have to go through this ordeal alone, and our small, grassroots, all-volunteer foundation was born.

Our Beliefs

1 out of every 100 babies is born with Congenital Heart Disease or Structural Heart Disease.  And too many of them die – more than from any other kind of birth defect.  And the ones who do survive spend way too much of their lives in hospitals, facing daily battles just to do the kinds of fun, messy, rambunctious things most kids take for granted.  But the system is letting them down.

As tiny as their little hearts may be, funding for research is even tinier, with 99% of all proceeds focused adults, who already benefit from safe, non-invasive options that aren’t yet available to children.

Not only are these kids being robbed of the advanced technology that can help them thrive, they’re being robbed of childhood itself.

We believe every child has a right to experience the growing, learning, playing, curious, messy joys of childhood.  Your donation to A Giving Heart Foundation can help transform the lives of these kids and give them the childhood they deserve.

Board of Directors

Officers

Bob Berk

Chairman of the Board

Michael Berk

Treasurer

Nathan Westcomb

Vice President

Aimee Daniels

Secretary

Directors

Matthew Barron

Healthcare Performance Consultant
Crowe Horwath

Jill Carey

Transfer Pricing Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Carole Berk

Clinical Psychologist
Carole D. Berk, Psy.D.

Andy Baskel

Sales Executive
The Horton Group

Rich Wilkie

Managing Partner
RQW Automotive Services LLC

Larry Wolff, MD

Specialist in Cardiology

Megan Morrissey

Attorney
Perkins Coie LLP

Jodi Keller-Wheeler

Vice President
United Scrap Metal, Inc.

David Brenner

Chief Operating Officer, Americas
UBS Global Asset Management

David Cone

Former Executive (retired)
Amoco Oil Company/British Petroleum

Jodi Wellman, CPCC, ACC

Principal
J. Wellman Consulting

Medical Research Advisors

Damien Kenny

MB, MD, MRCPCH

Ziyad M. Hijazi

MD, MPH, MSCAI, FACC

Each year 1 in 100 babies is born with Congenital Heart Disease

30% will require invasive surgery. Your donation today will help make it possible to end the need for open heart surgery in children.