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A Trophy to support Cambodian Children with heart disease

A Trophy to support Cambodian Children with heart disease

If you saw someone running with a stuffed penguin on his back in the East coast of the United States, no doubt, it was certainly Nels Matson. Born with a heart defect, the 30 years old runner from Florida had an operation at an early age. Now, he just ended on July 19th his 1,200 miles run, a 35-day journey from Florida to the Cambodian Embassy in Washington, D.C.1001106_10151525786975825_1188646757_n

The Tri4Number1 Run’s goal was to raise $21,000 for Hearts Without Boundaries, a Californian non-profit supporting cardiac surgery missions in Cambodia. With this amount, seven children could be saved as a heart surgery costs $3,000 per patient.

Unlike Nels, out of the 100,000 Cambodian children born with congenital heart defect, few are able to get heart surgeries. Thanks to Hearts Without Boundaries, yearly medical missions to Cambodia can bring about change. American doctors come to perform vital surgeries and have already managed to save lives.

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The fundraising efforts of Nels Matson will contribute to the success of these missions and provide sponsorship for children. As for Diplo, it will join the Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia with its shirt full of signatures from American children suffering from the same health condition.

Artisans Angkor is proud to support this initiative by offering trophy made by hand in wood and lacquer by our craftsmen and dedicated to Nels Matson, on behalf of Hearts Without Boundaries and Khmer people.

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