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Volunteer commitment

Heart to Heart Global Cardiac Care is volunteer-driven charity organization. Without our volunteers, we would not have been able to develop self-sustaining pediatric heart programs where the lives of more than 20,000 children have already been saved. Over the past twenty-five years, several hundred volunteers have supported us with their faith, kindness, and hard work.

Some of our volunteers will never know or meet the children they have helped save; others travel half a world away and work day and night to literally save the lives of dying children. Your donation enables them to provide free cardiac care to children.

Our medical volunteers, all highly experienced practicing cardiac specialists, return to our Russian partner sites year after year – working with compassion and respect for our colleagues to develop self-sustaining programs. Our volunteers are driven to help because they can see for themselves the dramatic impact they have when they contribute their teaching and cardiac expertise within the framework of Heart to Heart’s program model. Many of them have made a long-term commitment to travel annually to a site until it reaches self-sustainability. They also provide year-round data analysis and support from the U.S., including patient consultations. Our medical volunteers also host our Russian colleagues to observe physicians at renowned U.S. cardiac centers, for first-hand exposure to world-class established children’s heart programs. Our administrative volunteers do everything it takes to support their work and to document Heart to Heart’s progress.

Volunteer spotlight

markcocalis
MARK COCALIS MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Volunteer on 8 missions
since 2006
olesyadushkova
OLESYA DUSHKOVA
Cardiac Scrub Technician
Volunteer on 6 missions
since 2011
Dr. Mark Cocalis is a pediatric cardiologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco. Since 2006, Mark has worked on eight Heart to Heart missions: four to Samara, three to Rostov-on-Don, and one to Kaliningrad. Read more about Mark and what motivates him to volunteer Olesya has participated on six surgical-educational missions: two to Rostov-on-Don, three to Kaliningrad, and one to Chelyabinsk. She is responsible for preparing sterile operating rooms and assisting the lead surgeon throughout operations. Read Olesya’s story