GHW Support for Research

$1,448,060.60 raised by GHW for pediatric heart research.

Charles Woodson has supported the exemplary work of Michigan’s pediatric heart surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, research scientists, nurses and staff in the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center (MCHC). With his help, our team is conducting groundbreaking research to understand the underlying causes of congenital heart defects, to develop innovative surgical and medical strategies to treat heart disease more safely and effectively, and to improve long-term outcomes and quality of life. Translating ideas into evidence-based best practices is what saves children’s lives, not only at Mott Children’s Hospital, but worldwide through dissemination of this knowledge.

Generous gifts from the GHW events over the past 6 years have helped to make saving children’s lives through research a reality. Since the inaugural GHW Champions for Children’s Hearts event in 2007, the MCHC has received $1.16M towards important research efforts. Woodson has subsequently funded 14 research proposals and funded annual stipends for new research fellows totaling $340,000.

To create the sustained infrastructure for research that we believe is critical for support of scientific discovery and innovation, we ultimately hope to establish a $20 million research endowment to initative annual research proposals (approximately $50,000 per year), operating costs for the Michigan Congenital Heart Outcomes Research and Discovery program (approximately $700,000 per year), and basic science/translational research laboratory costs (approximately $500,000 per year). GHW has laid the groundwork for providing the critical nucleus initative to support these ambitious goals.