So…riddle me this. What is the commonality between mitigating PTSD and improving heart health? These are two programs that exist today because of seed funding from the Charles Edison Fund, the mother foundation of the Edison Innovation Foundation.
Serenity Stables From Combat to Calm is a Middletown, NJ horse farm-turned –equine- therapy program aimed at helping veterans suffering with disabilities and
post-traumatic stress disorder. Here, therapy horses provide an extra measure of treatment for veterans. The horses act as a spiritual reflection for the 200 veterans who have visited Serenity Farms and experienced some measure of healing through interaction with the beautiful and gentle animals.
Charles Edison created his non-profit fund to support the legacy of his father Thomas Edison, and to promote education, specifically careers in science and technology. The programs which focus on the legacy of Thomas Edison, medical research and education at the grammar, high, college and graduate school levels, are the best in the country. Serenity Farms fit into this funding philosophy.
The Living Heart Foundation
The Living Heart Foundation, public/private collaborative, initially began with a Charles Edison Fund grant, and now with generous support from others, delivers a unique brand of education and health features to diverse communities in need. This is achieved through the creation of mutually beneficial partnerships that include healthcare providers, educators, schools, hospitals, industry and active/retired professional athletes.
The Living Heart Foundation’s mission is fivefold:
- Generate intense awareness of the importance of CV disease;
- Perform early detection of CV abnormalities through screening;
- Create a health stratification database;
- Track the health data longitudinally;
- Develop website education and lifestyle programs to empower people to counter adverse effects of persistent health problems;
The results of early detection and intervention through the Foundation’s integrated-preventative approach significantly decrease medical costs compared to persistent, uncorrected abnormalities and increase compliance related to achieving healthcare goals. State-of-the-art technology to deliver information and create interactive programs can be customized as needed.