CBD College Partners with Beating Hearts Foundation
At the tender age of 10 many kids are engulfed in school, sports and various extracurricular activities. Eileen Garrido, founder of the Beating Hearts Foundation, was busy laying the groundwork of her legacy. Diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a potentially life threatening condition shortly after birth, Eileen learned all too quickly how delicately life can hang in the balance. At the age of 5 weeks, Eileen underwent her first heart surgery to extend her life. At the age of 13 months, Eileen underwent her second heart surgery for additional repairs to her heart. Most recently on June 10, 2014, Eileen underwent her third heart surgery to complete earlier surgeries and improve her quality of life.
Eileen chose not only to fight her disease with a passion, but also help those battling right beside her. Her foundation works to raise funds for her primary benefactor Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a leading research facility in the area of pediatric cardiac disease. In addition, a portion of the funds raised go directly to families who would not be able to pay for services due to a lack of insurance or a lack of covered benefits. To this day, the Beating Hearts Foundation has raised millions of dollars for CHLA and has garnered support from various celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Jane Seymour, Marie Osmond and George Lopez to name a few.
CBD College was proud to host Eileen Garrido as a Guest Speaker on campus on March 24th. She served and continues to serve as an inspiration to our amazing students to not only further their education but give back to their community.
Our students, faculty and staff have been showing their support through various fundraising events held on campus between 3/28 and 4/8, with all proceeds benefiting the Beating Hearts Foundation. Here are some pictures from the fundraisers!
So far CBD College has helped raise over $2,000 in just 2 weeks!