• By Kelley Luckstein

Media Advisory: Mayo Clinic Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Program to Present Ethan Bortnick in Concert

April 1, 2016

Image of Ethan Bortnick playing pianoROCHESTER, Minn. — Ethan Bortnick, a 15-year-old pianist, will play at the Mayo Civic Center. Bortnick has performed around the world raising money for charities and will donate a percentage of the event proceeds to the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) in Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine. HLHS is a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease in which the left side of a child's heart is severely underdeveloped.

Bortnick and his family have participated in the research taking place at Mayo Clinic, as Bortnick’s younger brother, Nathan, has HLHS. The concert will raise HLHS awareness and connect those in the HLHS community to share experiences, while discovering the regenerative therapies being pioneered for congenital heart disease.

For more details on the concert, visit Mayo Clinic’s HLHS blog.

WHERE: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester.

WHEN: Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. CDT

WHO: Interviews are available with Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for HLHS, and Bortnick.

MEDIA CONTACT: RSVP to Susan Barber Lindquist, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

About the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for HLHS
The Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for HLHS is a collaborative network of specialists bonded by the vision of delaying or preventing heart failure for individuals affected by congenital heart defects, including HLHS. The specialized team is addressing the various aspects of these defects by using research and clinical strategies ranging from basic science to diagnostic imaging to regenerative therapies.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.