They make their own normal.
What we do
Our mission is to bring normalcy to pediatric heart patients ages newborn to 18, both in and out of the hospital. We remind heart kids that first and foremost they are kids before being heart patients. We accomplish this in many ways:
I ♥ Golf
A first-of-its-kind annual series of golf clinics, held at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, hosted in partnership and affiliation with The Morton Golf Foundation and The Northern California Institute of Golf for Kids. Golf is recommended for heart kids as a safe sport by pediatric cardiologists. For many heart kids, it is the first sport they have ever played.
Wishes, Wants & Needs
Providing discretionary funds and responding to requests from Child Life Specialists at regional hospitals for anything pediatric heart patients and their families may wish, want or need while in the hospital. Our ability to provide these items helps relieve parental stress and aids in the child’s recovery.
Working with Child Life Specialists to deliver Christmas presents to pediatric heart patients so that they can feel the magic of being a kid on Christmas morning, waking up to see that Santa found them in the hospital at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (Stanford, Ca), Sutter Children’s Center Sacramento (Sacramento, CA), UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) and UC Davis Children’s Hospital (Sacramento, CA).
Heart Families Rock
We host an annual “Heart Families Rock” dinner and dance party celebrating heart kids and their families, focusing on how they are heart family strong.