Fundraising Event will be held in New York on June 11, 2015

May 14, 2015

Dear Friends,

There will be a fund-raising event on 6/11 in Glass House.  It is a photo exhibit of children who were transplanted in Caracas.  The event is 6-9pm.  With the ticket price (tax deductible contribution to the foundation)  $250/person.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets or know of someone who may be interested, please let me know.  Carolina Herrera will be at the venue and may be some other from fashion industry.

This is a launching event of Fundahigao America Foundation. I am a co-founder of the foundation.  Here is what we have been doing.

Liver transplantation programs in the United States have been curing patients for decades with optimal results. The situation is very different for patients in Latin America and other parts of the world. Lack proper medical training and assistance available prevent many families from getting the proper care for their children suffering from liver disease.  Just a decade ago, children with liver disease in Venezuela were among those that had no hope for local treatment.  Dr.Pedro Rivas in Caracas and I met in 2004 to take on the mission to establish liver transplant program in Caracas. The first pediatric liver transplant in Venezuela was performed in 2005 on an 8-year-old girl with severe end-stage liver disease. The donor was her father.  That young patient is now a teenager finishing high school.  Following the first case, we have done almost 70 living donor liver transplant cases (of those, 50 are done for children) in Venezuela with very high success rate (survival rate more than 90% in children).  After 10 years of on-site training, the program is now at its graduation stage.

Getting close to completing  our original mission to make liver transplant available in the country, we decided to form a foundation to pursue mission of replicating the same outcomes in other Latin American Countries.   Fundahigado America Foundation (FHA) is a tax deductible, 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded in October 2011 exclusively for charitable purposes to promote efforts to train the multidisciplinary healthcare professionals needed for pediatric liver transplantation in areas of Latin America where the option of liver transplantation currently does not exist.

Tomoaki Kato

Please also see Fundraising Event in NY.