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Dinsmores ready to host Heart and Soul Ball

November 14, 2011

Photo by Ray Clayton

Jeff and Louise Dinsmore began a summer camp for children with heart defects after their daughter, Gabrielle, passed away.

COVENTRY—The Heart and Soul Ball at the end of this month will give you an excuse to dust off your best black tie attire—all to support a cause.

The second annual, black tie optional event will be held Nov. 26 to raise funds for the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart and Hope Fund. The nonprofit organization was created to fund a children’s summer camp for kids with heart disease, heart defects and those with severe feeding issues.

Jeff and Louise Dinsmore began the organization after their daughter, Gabrielle, passed away one month shy of her third birthday. Gabrielle was born with a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart defect that causes a thickening of the heart’s wall muscle.

The Dinsmores told the Times that in her short life, Gabrielle had three open heart surgeries and spent long periods of time at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Her cardiologist, Dr. Lloyd R. Feit, followed her case. Three months after Gabrielle passed away, Feit presented the idea to Jeff and Louise Dinsmore of starting a camp for children with cases similar to Gabrielle’s.

They immediately told him, “It’s done.” Together, Feit and the Dinsmores began planning what would be Rhode Island’s only camp for children with heart disease and defects.

This year’s camp was held in August and was a success, according to the Dinsmores. They explained that the Heart and Soul Ball on Nov. 26 will fund next year’s camp.

For more information pick up a copy of the Coventry Courier

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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