Welcome to the Paul Cardall Family Foundation

KSL Interviews CHD Survivor Paul Cardall

The Paul Cardall Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to helping patients and families suffering from congenital heart disease to be pro-active with their healthcare and celebrate life by furthering their education.

Photo: KSL interviews CHD survivor Paul Cardall, born with a complicated heart defect.

There are over 1 million adults in the United States with congenital heart disease. Due to scientific and clinical advances, including those supported by the American Heart Association, 85%-90% of children with congenital heart disease now survive into adulthood. Unfortunately, currently less than 30% of these adults see appropriate specialized providers. A well-planned and executed “transition process” into adulthood for adolescents with congenital heart disease is needed.



Thanks to generous donations, the foundation established an Endowment at Salt Lake Community College which provides annual Scholarship to individuals affected by Congenital Heart Disease.

My name is Sidney Porter. I was born with a heart defect. I received the Paul Cardall Scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. The scholarship is for inviduals with Congenital Heart Defects. I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Stenosis at 2 weeks of age. The pulmonary or pulmonic valve is between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery. It opens to allow blood to flow from the right ventricle to the lungs. A defective pulmonary valve that doesn’t open properly is called stenotic (sten-OT’ik). This forces the right ventricle to pump harder than normal to overcome the obstruction. If the stenosis is severe, especially in babies, some cyanosis (si”ah-NO’sis) (blueness) may occur. I had surgery when I was (2) months old.

Because of medical advancements and good doctors, I have been able to live a very full and active life with few limitations. I am currently attending Salt Lake Community College and working on a degree in Business Marketing. I am very blessed by this scholarship and would like to thank those who have supported the Paul Cardall Family Foundation, for their generosity.

The Paul Cardall Scholarship for Students Affected by Congenital Heart Disease was established by SLCC Distinguished Alumnus Paul Cardall, who was born with a complex congenital heart defect. Mr. Cardall received a heart transplant on 09-09-09. The costs associated with a chronic illness are understandably high.

imgres-1The Paul Cardall Family Foundation wishes to help those who have been affected by congenital heart disease to obtain an education at SLCC. This scholarship is available to residents of the Rocky Mountain Region who have been diagnosed with congenital heart disease, or whose children have been diagnosed with congenital heart disease.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be degree or certificate-seeking students at Salt Lake Community College, and be enrolled in at least 9 but not more than 18 credit hours.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated courage and character in their response to the challenge of CHD. This $3,000 scholarship ($1,500 per semester) may be used for tuition, fees and books.

The scholarship will be awarded in spring 2013 for the 2013-14 academic year.




Paul Cardall is an Executive Board Member of The Saving tiny Hearts Society 501(c)3