Here at Picture Galleries we believe in giving back to our communities and promoting the efforts of those that seek to better the lives of others. With that end we are humble yet proud supporters of the charitable foundations below which have personal connections with some of our Team Members and are trailblazers in their respective fields.
40,000 babies are born every year with a congenital heart defect, making it the #1 birth defect in America according to the CDC. Nearly 1 in 110 babies are born with a heart defect in the United States each year. Present at birth, congenital heart defects (CHDs) include abnormalities in the heart’s structure, electrical system or any other abnormality that affects the function of the heart. There are 40 different types of congenital heart defects, little is known about the cause of most them and there is not yet a cure for any of them. CHD's are a leading cause of birth defect-associated infant illness and death.
Approximately 60 times more prevalent than childhood cancer, in the US twice as many children die from CHD's each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD. (American Heart Association). About 25% of babies with CHD have a critical CHD and generally need surgery or other invasive procedures within their first year of life. The cost for inpatient surgery to repair congenital heart defects exceeds $1.9 billion a year. Congenital heart defects occur frequently and are often life-threatening, yet research into them is grossly underfunded in relation to the prevalence of the disease. Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research. Since the founding of the Jayden DeLuca Foundation in 2008, death rates for congenital heart defects have declined by almost 30% due to advances made through research.
The Jayden Deluca Foundation was established in 2008 with the goal of helping other children and their families fight cardiac diseases and offering support and encouragement to all those affected by pediatric heart conditions. The foundation looks to promote awareness of cardiac diseases and to aid in further scientific and medical research of pediatric heart conditions.
JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.Their exclusive focus is on the worldwide effort to end T1D and improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure. In T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process your body does naturally and automatically becomes something that now requires your daily attention and manual intervention. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity throughout the day and night.
However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes. Even with the most vigilant disease management, a significant portion of your day will be spent with either high or low blood-sugar levels. These fluctuations place people with T1D at risk for potentially life-threatening hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes as well as devastating long-term complications such as kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation.
JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people, and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it, by funding research; advocating for government support of research and new therapies; ensuring new therapies come to market and are recommended by healthcare providers; and connecting, engaging, and educating the T1D community. Research from the CDC estimates that in the US alone, around 1.5 million people are living with T1D.
To date JDRF has funded around $2.5 billion in research and have made significant progress in understanding and fighting the disease. Lets help them turn Type One into Type None.