PARAMUS, N.J. — The Paramus Rotary Club was recognized for its involvement with " Gift of Life International ," a rotarian based organization that provides treatment for children with heart disease in third world countries.
Since becoming involved with "Gift of Life" in 1986, the Paramus Rotary Club has helped provide treatment for 161 children, the most of any rotarian organization, according to the club's public relations director Fred Rohdieck.
"Gift of Life is the most significant thing that we do and the thing we are most proud of," Rohdieck told Daily Voice. "There is nothing better than saving children's lives."
As part of the "Gift of Life" program, the 85 members of the Paramus Rotary Club sponsor missions to send volunteer doctors and equipment to different places around the world to treat children. Rohdieck said each child costs at least $3000 to save.
Paramus' Rotary District 7490, which is comprised of 54 rotary clubs, has provided life saving medical care to 1108 children over the years, the second most of the 74 rotarian programs participating in Gift of LIfe. Last year there were 88 "Gift of Life" surgeries sponsored by district 7490, Rohdieck said.
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