International Relief Organization Releases New Reality TV Series Pilot—Online
“Children’s Heart is more than just a show; it is a journey of children and their families who are risking everything for the gift of a new life,” said Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of Billy Graham.
Viewers are given the opportunity to follow three children on a journey from their homes in the outer reaches of Mongolia to the United States to receive an unexpected gift—a chance at life.
For families living as nomads in harsh, wind-swept, and isolated areas of Mongolia, a minor medical problem can be cause for alarm. For some, it can even be a death sentence. But in the inspiring pilot episode of the new reality television series Children's Heart, viewers are given the opportunity to follow three children on a journey from their homes in the outer reaches of Mongolia to the United States to receive an unexpected gift—a chance at life.
Viewers interested to see the pilot episode will not have to worry about checking their local TV schedule. Samaritan's Purse is making the pilot available on its website so that people can watch it at their own convenience. Beginning June 10 at 8 a.m. ET, the Children's Heart pilot can be viewed anytime online.
Focusing on the work of Samaritan's Purse, the pilot episode offers an inside look at how the organization's Children's Heart Project brought the children, along with parents and interpreters, to the U.S. for life-saving surgery that was not available in Mongolia. Joining the kids on their journey is the granddaughter of Billy Graham, Cissie Graham Lynch. As part of her internship to complete her college degree, Cissie, whose father Franklin Graham is president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, asked for the opportunity to work with Children's Heart Project. Other volunteers such as doctors and host families are featured in the series to take viewers behind the scenes of these life-saving heart surgeries, one child at a time.
Pilot to Launch Wed, June 10 at 8 a.m. ET
Interview Opportunities: June 9 and June 10
- Cindy Bonsall, director of Children's Heart Project
- Dr. Kirk Milhoan, pediatric cardiologist, key volunteer for Children's Heart Project
- Cissie Graham Lynch, daughter of Franklin Graham, participated in the making of Children's Heart
RESOURCES for Coverage:
- Download 30-second audio spot
- Link to the trailer
- Download high-res photos
- Find Children's Heart on Facebook
The Samaritan's Purse Children's Heart Project identifies kids suffering from heart disease who do not have good treatment options available in their own countries. The project coordinates with North American hospitals and surgeons who donate their time to help the kids and host families who share their homes with them for the five- to six-week stay during surgery and recovery.
The Children's Heart Project has helped more than 550 children with congenital heart defects.
Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization that provides no-red-tape assistance to meet the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan's Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.