Findlay Automotive seeks to help young hearts

April 7th, 2021 by

From left to right Melissa Cipriano (Executive Director- Children’s Heart Foundation), Tyler Corder (CFO Findlay Automotive), Jill Sarcletti (Development Manager- Children’s Heart Foundation)

February is American Heart Health month and is a time to highlight, celebrate, and motivate Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease.  Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, and continues to affect people in all stages of life.  In some cases people are born with heart conditions.  Unfortunately, heart problems in children are surprisingly common. They are, in fact, the most common type of birth defect and the number one cause of death during the first year of life. Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease in the United States each year as die from all forms of childhood cancers combined.

Here in Las Vegas, the Children’s Heart Foundation has been committed to making a difference in the lives of those individuals and their families impacted by heart conditions through emotional, educational and financial support in an effort inspire a higher quality of life for all.  The Children’s Heart Foundation was founded by a passionate group of parents and Nevada pediatric cardiologists who had gained firsthand knowledge of the emotional and financial toll exacted by a child’s heart condition.

In honor of American Heart Health month, and to support those children with heart conditions, the Findlay Automotive Group was proud to present the Children’s Heart Foundation with $6,400.

Melissa Cipriano – Children’s Heart Foundation executive director – accepted Findlay Automotive Groups’ donation and expressed her gratitude for its contribution.  Cipriano said, “We give many thanks to the Findlay Automotive Group for choosing us during Heart Health month and thank them for giving us such a generous gift.”

Findlay’s gift will be used to sponsor children to attend Children’s Heart Foundation’s annual summer camp, Camp Mend-a Heart. Camp Mend-a-Heart is a cost-free, medically supervised camp for children ages 7-17 who were born with or develop a heart condition and are receiving medical treatment in Nevada.  Camp Mend-a-Heart is the only medically supervised camp of its kind in Nevada.  The camp offers a camping experience with sports, arts and crafts, water games, and many other recreational activities and programs associated with a traditional summer camp. Camp Mend-a-Heart is staffed by volunteer counselors, nurses, and physicians who give from their hearts to help these special children.

Cipriano said, “Because of Findlay Automotive Group we are able to send many deserving children to our summer camp program. The generous gift from Findlay helps fund these camps.”

Through Children’s Heart Foundation camps, it is the hope that these children will be able to shift their focus from their heart conditions to the richness of life that can be experienced even by those with a cardiac diagnosis. They spend time with others, just like them, who understand what it’s like to have a heart condition.  Additionally, through donations from organizations like Findlay, families’ travel expenses are supplemented when preparing for and receiving heart transplants. Cipriano explained a “families’ journey with their child is scary enough and a financial burden on top of that is why our foundation was created. We’re here to make the journey on our ‘heart warriors’ a little bit easier.”

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) research has shown that generally people are more successful at setting and meeting heath goals when they join forces with others.[1]  Findlay Automotive Group is proud to join with Children’s Health Foundation in their fight to reaching their goals and would encourage others to protect and strengthen their cardiovascular health.

Findlay is proud to be sponsor and support such a noble charity like the Children’s Heart Foundation and looks forward with anticipation for its future endeavors.

If you would like to know more about Children’s Heart Foundation or to get more involved please visit their website at

Findlay Automotive Group began with one location more than 60 years ago.  The group now includes 32 dealerships in Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Arizona.  Learn more at


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