Our Vision is that every child born with heart disease have access to appropriate medical, surgical & pharmaceutical care, and that children’s heart disease be corrected through education & research.
Jamaica Mission Trip 12
Cardiac Kids Casino Benefit
Woodlawn Community Academy
2016 Cardiac Kids Spring Golf Tournament
2018 Citrus Cardiology Consultants P.A. - Benefit Golf Tournament
Taylor Fentress Schell Memorial Golf Tournament
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 @1:00 PM
The Oaks at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club
509 E. Hartford Street, Hernando FL 34442
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Having had a child born with congenital heart defects, I learned first hand the impact this has on an entire family. Overnight, our lives were turned upside down.- Marlee Huggins
With the assistance of help from family, close friends and professionals, my dream was realized with the formation of the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida.- Marlee Huggins
The Mission of the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida is to provide assistance to families, and their children with heart disease. In addition, we fund medical research, education, and charitable health care for children with heart disease through local charitable initiatives and life saving mission trips. Support is provided in the form of financial help and assistance to those families who can not afford prescription medications post surgery, as well as travel related expenses for the related families of hospitalized children.
Our main research project involves the archiving and unification of worldwide terms through The International Society of Nomenclatures for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. This is a tool that will assist Cardiac Surgeons throughout the world, now and well into the future.
A portion of our assistance goes beyond financial and involves the actual surgeries, training, education and supply of equipment to communities who otherwise would not have this available to them. For example, our yearly Jamaican Mission Trip, headed up by Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs and his team, is currently responsible for saving countless lives through his efforts. The Larry King Cardiac Foundation has been a huge supporter of these annual trips.
Santo Carollo witnessed first hand what it’s like to have a child born with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD’s). It inspired him to figure out a way he could help fight this horrible birth defect.
After an extended family member (Kalani Huggins) was born with multiple CHD’s, he witnessed the stress it puts on the entire family. Not just the emotional stress, but also the finanical stress as well.
In years past Kalani’s birth, Santo started donating to the Children’s Heart Foundation of Florida for research. Even though he knew research was critical, he wanted to do more.
In 2008, Santo and Marlee Huggins got together and talked about starting their own foundation. After that, Marlee introduced Dr. Jeffery P. Jacobs to Santo because he also wanted to start his own foundation. And so it began. Next thing you know the three of them set up a meeting, inviting Larry King Jr. to attend, and come up with a plan to create a foundation.
They came up with the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida that would help continue to fund research, help families locally, and help give children around the world the possibility of life by helping to fund mission trips.
Jeffery P. Jacobs M.D.
Jeffrey P. Jacobs, M.D., FACS, FACC, FCCP
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
Director, Andrews/Daicoff Cardiovascular Program
Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation and Extracorporeal Life Support Programs
Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and Florida Hospital for Children
Co-Chair, World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery 2021 www.WCPCCS2021.org
Jeffery P. Jacobs M.D.
Jeffrey P. Jacobs, M.D., FACS, FACC, FCCP is Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Andrews/Daicoff Cardiovascular Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute. He is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. He is also Surgical Director of the Heart Transplantation Program and the Extracorporeal Life Support Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Heart Institute. Dr. Jacobs has been a cardiothoracic surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital since 1998.
Dr. Jacobs is Editor in Chief of Cardiology in the Young, one of the most widely read journals dedicated to patients with pediatric and congenital cardiac disease. He is Chair of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on National Databases and Co-Chair of the 2021 World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. He is Chair of the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society (CHSS) Committee on Quality Improvement and Outcomes. Dr. Jacobs is also Founding Secretary of The World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS) and a previous Vice President of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.
Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor's degree from the University of Miami and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine through the Honors Program in Medicine. He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Research 1988. He then completed a five-year residency in General Surgery followed by a two-year residency in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Jacobs spent an additional year at the University of London in England training in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children; this Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship was through the Overseas Doctors Training Scheme of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Special Education / Teacher
Marlee (Selbach) Huggins moved down from Detroit, MI. at 19 years of age after her first year of college. While continuing her college education in Florida she met her husband Eric Huggins of 20 years. Together they have three children: Kiana, Kalani, & Kai.
She became an advocate for congenital heart disease (CHD) a few years after having her cardiac child, Kalani. She first worked with the Children's Heart Foundation (CHF) for four years. During her time with CHF, she served as the President of the CHF Florida Chapter for two years. During those four years, she helped raise almost $200,000 for congenital heart research.
In 2008 she cofounded the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida (CKF) with Santo Carollo and Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs. One of Marlee's main jobs with CKF is to help other cardiac families while their child is in the hospital. She travels throughout the state of Florida; from St. Petersburg, Tampa, Gainesville, & Orlando areas. She also chairs 85% of the foundations events, that help raise the funds for the foundation.
Nowadays, Marlee's still taking care of her family, continues to help run the Cardiac Kids Foundation and has returned to work. She's teaching at her daughters school Woodlawn Community Academy.
|Christine Anderson||Kay Jay Harris||David Giorgione|
|Lewis Henry||Max Recone||Dr. Jeffery Jacobs|
|Jennifer Carapellucci||Eric Huggins||Dr. Kathleen Peditto|
|Santo Carollo||Marlee Huggins||Stacy Jacobs|
|Mark Gayle||Gary Sheffield - follow him on|
|Medical Advisory Board|
|Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs||Dr. Gary Stapleton||Dr. Mel Almodovar|
|Dr. Vyas Kartha||Jennifer Carapellucci, RN||Lisa Moore, RN|