Welcome to the Kristin M. Callahan Foundation

The Kristin M. Callahan Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in memory of Kristin, working to help improve the awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, primarily Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in young people. We also positively impact our community through scholarships, donations, and other charitable activities.

HCM occurs in approximately 1 in every 500 people in the general population, making it one of the most common genetic heart conditions. HCM is also more common than many other hereditary diseases such as Down Syndrome (1 in 800) and Cystic Fibrosis (1 in 3,300).

What makes a condition like HCM dangerous is that sudden cardiac death can occur without prior symptoms. Even those who experience symptoms may discount them as “normal,” and not seek proper treatment. This is why undiagnosed HCM is one of the leading causes of death in young athletes. While many treatment options are available to those living with HCM, there is currently no cure. We hope to change that. With your help, our goal is to educate the public about the dangers and warning signs of HCM, increase screening for it, and work toward the eradication of this disease.

Understand Who We Are

Aside from spreading awareness about the warning signs of HCM, we work towards the screening of those who are currently undiagnosed, or at high risk. By donating, your money will go towards research, so that we can work towards getting this condition out of our lives.

Information About HCM

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a primarily genetic condition where the heart thickens, making it harder to pump blood. The increased stress can lead to heart failure, fainting and even a shortened life span. There is currently no cure, which we intend to change.

Make a Donation Today

With supporters like you, we are working towards the screening, treatment and cure of HCM. We thank you for your continued support, and will continue to work as long as HCM exists. "Not everyone needs something, but everyone has something to give."