Recap of 2022 Children’s HeartLink Global Gathering

Thank you for helping further our mission!

Many of our supporters gathered on October 14, 2022, at the Children’s HeartLink Global Gathering to celebrate and raise funds to help transform pediatric heart care in underserved parts of the world.

Thank you to all those who joined us virtually and in person. Thank you for your generosity and for believing in the lifesaving work that is happening in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia and Vietnam. More children with heart disease are receiving the care they need because of Children’s HeartLink medical volunteers and the health care teams at partner hospitals.

Watch the 2022 Children’s HeartLink Global Gathering event.

Olympian Shaun White Shared His Heart Warrior Journey

Shaun White

“My life would be completely different had I not had access to heart care when I was diagnosed with my heart defect at birth. So many children today in underserved parts of the world don’t have access to the same level of care that I did. I’m honored to join Children’s HeartLink at the Global Gathering to bring greater awareness to the need for pediatric cardiac care to be available for all children born with a congenital heart disease,” said Shaun White, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and congenital heart disease survivor.

Serving Children with Congenital Heart Disease

A mother relives her experience of learning her daughter was born with a congenital heart disease. Shortly after birth, Janaina’s daughter, Lis, was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot and treated at the Children’s HeartLink Center of Excellence in Brazil, Hospital da Criança e Maternidade.


Educational Partnerships that Saves Lives

“What happened to Janaina, happens to many mothers in Brazil.” Dr. Ulisses Croti shares the journey parents of children with congenital heart defects take and how the Children’s HeartLink partnership helps result in more children getting the care they need.

Recognizing the Experts Gifting their Time, Talent and Expertise

Peter Hesslein Headshot
Peter Hesslein, pediatric cardiologist and Children’s HeartLink medial volunteer

Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Peter Hesslein was recognized by his peer, Dr. Krishan Kumar with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kerala, India—the first-ever Children’s HeartLink Center of Excellence—with the 2022 Children’s HeartLink Founders Award. Read Medical Volunteer for 28 Years: Dr. Peter Hesslein Receives 2022 Children’s HeartLink Founders Award.

Sending a Special Thank You to…

  • Special Guest Shaun White, five-time Olympian and congenital heart disease survivor, for sharing his journey with us!
  • Janaina and her daughter, Lis, for bravely sharing their story with us!
  • Ulisses and the team at Hospital da Criança e Maternidade (HCM), the first-ever Children’s HeartLink Center of Excellence in Brazil.
  • The sponsors listed below for helping make our event possible!
  • CardioPedBrasil, Don’t Blink and Dr. Krishna Kumar for helping to share our mission through video.
  • Frank Vascellaro, WCCO TV | CBS Minnesota, for hosting the evening!

There are many ways to stay connected with us throughout the year! Whether you sign up for our newsletter, engage with us on social media (FacebookInstagram, LinkedIn and Twitter) or generously give of your time, talent or money, you are helping more children in underserved parts of the world receive access to quality heart care from trained health care professionals.


Thank YOU to our Event Sponsors…


Hubbard FoundationMedtronicMedtronic FoundationUnitedHealth Group

Abbott ● Susan Kent Anderson and Richard H. Anderson ● Children’s Minnesota ● Deloitte ● Ernst & Young ● Philips ● Robins Kaplan LLP ● Seattle Children’s Heart Center

Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute ● Andersen Windows and Doors ● APi Group ● Ciresi Conlin LLP ● Anu Codaty and Prat Verma ● Ciresi Conlin LLP ● Dorsey & Whitney LLP ● Jeff and Brynn Evanson ● Grayduck Health ● Hogan & Associates Executive Search ● Kelly and Andrew Nelson ● KPMG ● McKinsey & Company ● Patterson Companies ● Stratasys

Bellisio Foods ● Jackie Boucher ● Ann and Joseph Dearani, M.D. ● Betsy Moran-Johnson and Brian Johnson ● Laura Kiser ● Jim and Judy Rice ● Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney ● Minnesota Vikings

AmFund ● Don’t Blink

Children’s HeartLink hosts our signature fundraiser in the fall. Visit here to learn more about the annual event and how to get involved.