Heart Surgery for Ta'mayah Rolle

Update:  Wow! Ta’mayah’s needs are covered!  Thank You All!

We are so grateful and blessed and thrilled beyond words to announce that yesterday, a miracle! Extremely generous and caring angel donor(s), who wish to remain anonymous, saw the fundraiser and contributed directly to Sassoon Heart Foundation to cover the estimated hospital portion of Ta’mayah’s needs.  Thank You Thank You Thank You! 

That, combined with all of you have generously donated means we have reached our goal and Ta’mayah will be able to get the surgery she needs AND the family will able to be with their baby during her surgery and recovery at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.  Wow, what a miracle!  You all are amazing!

Ta’mayah has to put on a couple pounds to be safe for the surgery but that is underway and I will post updates as things get scheduled. Thank you to EVERYONE for your prayers, re-shares and donations!  We are blown away and can’t thank everyone enough. The Rolle’s, were in tears when they got the news and thank you from the bottom of their heart.

Here’s a quick thank you from the Rolle’s that I recorded:

Side note: I opened up donations again to provide for a pad for any unforeseen complications however; please note, anything above what lil Ta'mayah and the family needs will remain with the foundation and be used for other children in need.  Thank You Again!

See important information about donations at end of this. 

Ta'mayah Rolle is 4 months old, who lives in the Bahamas she has down syndrome and is in need of heart surgery they have to have done at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Florida. 

The Rolle's are Bahamian citizens, and Bahamas is unsupported country by GoFundMe thus, the family unable to setup their own site or receive any donations directly from GoFundme. Assistance that would normally be available has dried up due to the covid shut downs.  However, a US non-profit, Sassoon Heart Foundation Inc, (Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation Bahamas) that works with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, who would normally be able to assist, has graciously agreed to partner with us in facilitating our effort for the Rolle families needs.

The covid situation has made many normal avenues for assistance unavailable, many non profits haven’t been able to do their normal fundraising, so we hope this fundraiser can help to get little Ta’mayah the surgery she needs.  I really hope you can find a few dollars to help this wonderful family and their little angel. 

So, I’ve setup this fundraiser to help raise funds for the surgery that the foundation will disburse so that this little angel needs and expenses so her parents can travel to Miami to get the surgery done.  The estimate for the surgery is $85,331.00 and estimating $5000 for travel and lodging for the family. Our goal is a little higher to cover some of the fundraising fees and have a bit of a pad for unforeseen expenses. Anything we can raise above and beyond the Rolle’s needs will be used by the charity to assist other Bahamian children and families needs. Your donation is tax deductible here in the US, so you can’t go wrong.

The Sassoon Heart Foundation does wonderful things for children in need of heart surgery.  Please check out the video that explains much more.

I became friends with Ta’mayah’s father, Tamaro when he put me thru the drills to get my open water scuba certification and have had many dives together since and have stayed in touch.  He truly helped me with life changing experience and I want to do what I can to help them. 

Thank you for your support and help. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Donation information:

Oh, if you don't see your donation appear, it may take a day or two for that to post. See this Support Article .

On your receipt will show that funds will be delivered to Sassoon Heart Foundation in May. However; Sassoon, although registered with GFM is getting things setup with PayPalGiving to expedite delivery of the donations.  Using GoFundMe charity method, the funds are transferred via PayPalGiving. Here's info on how that works. GofundMe's PayPalGiving Support Article   Info via PaypalGiving  Alas, given that Bahamas isn't a supported country thru GoFundMe, this is the only way we were able to get this fundraiser going and be able to help the Rolle's, thru Sassoon Heart Foundation (Big Thank You). Thank you for your understanding and please reach out for any concerns.


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  • Cindy Fry 
    • $50 
    • 9 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 13 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $85,331 (Offline)
    • 14 d
  • Andrew Shenk 
    • $30 
    • 14 d
  • Parker James 
    • $100 
    • 17 d
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Tony Pfau 
Littleton, CO
Sassoon Heart Foundation 
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