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Matt Hammitt to Speak at Heartbeat Banquets

Posted Mar 7th, 2016 by Pat Todak  Category: Events, Other

 

Matt Hammitt, former lead singer of Sanctus Real, will be the featured speaker at Heartbeat of Toledo’s annual fundraising banquets. The banquets will be offered on two nights: Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 & 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., in Perrysburg. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30.

In April of 2010, Matt and his wife Sarah were expecting their first son when they were given the devastating news that Bowen had Hypolastic Left Heart Syndrome. This is one of the most rare and serious forms of congenital heart disease.

“In the months leading up to his birth we met with many doctors and specialists,” Matt recalls. “At one point, we were even confronted with the ‘suggestion’ that we should terminate our pregnancy.”

Matt wrote about this time in their life with the song “All of Me.” Heartbeat will be celebrating its 45th anniversary at this year’s annual fundraiser. Heartbeat began in 1971 when a Dr. John Hillabrand, a Toledo obstetrician, and Lore Maier, a Holocaust survivor, saw a need for a place where women facing an unplanned pregnancy could get a free pregnancy test as well as much-needed support and information. After starting Heartbeat of Toledo, the pair traveled the world to help open pregnancy centers in other communities. They went on to form a loose federation of pregnancy centers, now known as Heartbeat International. Today, Heartbeat International has more than 1,800 affiliates worldwide.

Reservations can be made online by visiting www.heartbeatoftoledo.org, or by calling Heartbeat at 419-241-9131.

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Heartbeat is a pregnancy help center whose mission is to be the best source of information and support to women facing pregnancies and to help moms, dads, and babies in need. Heartbeat provides free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds as well as the opportunity to earn free baby items by completing prenatal and parenting classes.

Heartbeat has two locations: 4041 W. Sylvania Ave. across from Franklin Park Mall as well as a satellite office located at 101 Main St. in East Toledo. “Heartbeat does not charge for any of its services,” notes Pat Todak, executive director. “Our annual banquet raises much of our funding to keep operating each year.”

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