“Strengthen your heart”, charity day for the benefit of sick children


“Strengthen your heart”, a charity day held at the Matmut Atlantique stadium to raise funds and raise awareness about children affected by heart defects.

Today, nearly a million children are born with heart defects, of which 8,000 are in France.. 95% of babies, who were only 50% half a century ago, manage to reach adulthood. Scientific and technical progress over the past few decades has led to better care for children with congenital heart disease. In addition, many associations in France are mobilizing for this purpose and in particular: association heart’s connectionsIn Pessac, near Bordeaux.

Created in 1994The Liens du Cœur association accompanies and supports children affected by congenital heart disease and their families on a daily basis.

The aim is to allow hospitals to follow these young children outside of the hospital setting to assist them at home and abroad.

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Jean-Benoît Thambo, President of the Les Liens du Coeur Association

Beyond care, above all a‘improving living conditions from people with heart defects. In order to achieve this, many people volunteer within the association.. The association started a project in 2017. family house construction to improve conditions.

Congenital heart diseasewhat is it exactly?

this is heart disease find the origin belowa congenital heart defect. The baby is then just a fetus but his heart does not develop properly. Medical follow-up differs according to the type of congenital heart disease in infants. Some are benign and others require further medical follow-up with medication and sometimes surgery.

This is why a daily struggle is waged in close cooperation with the Association les Liens du Cœur. Haut-Levêque hospital .

To achieve this, the association offers comprehensive support to children and their families. In 2018, a ward was established to enable children and their parents to go to the Haut-Lévêque hospital in Pessac.

The association works with three shelters In Bordeaux: La Pelouse house, Ronald McDonald house and Saint-Jean family house. These allow children and their relatives to stay closer to Bordeaux University Hospital to follow up on their care. To this end, a new reception center will be built on the site of the Haut-Lévêque hospital in 2023 to facilitate travel and access to the cardiology department.

The future reception center built by LES LIENS DU CŒUR will make it possible to respond in particular to the current lack of local accommodation. It will facilitate the existence of families with hospitalized children… An indispensable element to accompany the care period and promote recovery

Doctor Julie Thomas, Cardiologist and Vice-President of LIENS DU CŒUR in the congenital heart disease department of the Bordeaux University Hospital Haut-Lévêque

In addition to financial and material assistance,the association mobilized to entertain these little children. Liens du Cœur to speed up their daily lives healthy living workshops and fun animations (Christmas fair, chocolate distribution for Easter). Parents can use the library and dating cafes interacting with other parents in a comfortable environment.

In addition to his actions, the association participates in a therapeutic training program To communicate about diet, oral health and disease information within the hospital.

Among the projects of the association is one that aims to continue helping and transferring value to these young children: “Sports-Health” program. She suggests gently reconnecting with the sport, knowing how to have fun as a team to build new relationships.

The association establishes many wellness workshops as part of improving the living conditions of sick people: reiki, art therapy, hypnosis, osteopathy, reflexology .

To convey a clear message of hope and to raise public awareness of children with congenital heart disease, Les Liens du Cœur association organizes a charity and sports day on 18 May 2022 at Stade Matmut in Bordeaux.

  • Morningabout three hundred children will gather in the garden of the dormitory. Matmut Atlantic Stadium run for the benefit of the association, learn first aid and participate in various sports activities: hockey, basketball, tennis, dance…

  • AfternoonThis is the swimsuit you should wear. charitable football match who, on this occasion, will bring together former Girondins players including Bordeaux Rio Mavuba, Matthieu Chalmé, Pedro Miguel Pauleta, Bruno Basto
    Many personalities from the world of television, sports and entertainment will also be there, among them: Patrick Battiston, Yoann Barbet, Jérémy Frérot, Tom Leeb
    This will allow sport and human activity raise funds to support the activities of the association.

Tighten your heart, charity match in partnership with France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine: 18 May 2022 at the Matmut Atlantique Stadium in Bordeaux.

You can find more information on the website: Association les Liens du Cœur