Candlelight Yoga and Shopping with Harboring Hearts

On August 17, 2017, Harboring Hearts partnered with Outdoor Voices to put on a rejuvenating and splurge worthy yoga and shopping event.

IMG_7313The venue had such a vibrant energy with our participants along with passer-byers, who had the opportunity to purchase incredible activewear from Outdoor Voices. Twenty percent of all these proceeds went towards Harboring Hearts and the families we serve.

We kicked off the evening with some light snacking as well as a little shopping, because what pairs better with wine and cheese than shopping?

After the store closed, we began our Candlelight Yoga Session. Samantha Moriarty, from Yoga Vida, began this session by slowly easing us all into a relaxing state. We were able to pace ourselves and forget about the stress of the week as we escaped into a serene time. 

We want to thank Outdoor Voices for partnering with us for this unbelievable event and Samantha for helping to lead this session. I know I speak for those who attended that this was a great addition to our busy day! We also want to give all of our participants a big shout out for making this event a success. Proceeds from the event raised $1,200.75 to provide support for our heart patients, their families, and caregivers!

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Under the Sea with Harboring Hearts

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On August 14th, 2017, Harboring Hearts celebrated our Pediatric Heart Party @ New York Presbyterian’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital with crafts, books, snacks and songs galore!

Our pediatric heart patients trickled in one by one and spent time with our volunteers and Gill, from Bubble Guppies decorating their treasure chests NYP Bookand making some special bookmarks for their newly acquired books. These books were hand-picked by some amazing individuals at The Book Fairies, who were generous to donate them for this event. From teens to tots to volunteers, it was a day filled with fun!

We are grateful for the support of our community partners: The Book Fairies, Peter Rabbit Organics, who donated joy through healthy, delicious snacks, and Ronald McDonald House, that sponsored an incredible musical performance. Most importantly, we want to thank the NYP Cardiac Care community and our dedicated volunteers for another event marked by success from the smiles of our heart troopers. We couldn’t have done it with you!

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Caregiver Food Delivery Initiative

On July 24th, 2017, Harboring Hearts officially launched our Caregiver Food Delivery Initiative! With the partnership of Hu Kitchen, we were able to distribute 15 meals to caregivers at The Milstein Family Heart Center at New York-Presbyterian/CUMC.

 Hu Kitchen Meals: Entrée – Grandmaster Veg; Sides—Cauliflower Puree & Mixed Market Vegetables

Hu Kitchen Meals: Entrée – Grandmaster Veg; Sides—Cauliflower Puree & Mixed Market Vegetables

This initiative was developed to help provide support to those caring for cardiac patients as they wait, undergo and recover from major heart surgery. These individuals may be spouses/significant others, parents, siblings, or caregivers of any capacity, etc., who may be living far from home or may need the comfort of a warm nutritious food to provide joy and comfort during a difficult hospital stay.

As we grow, we hope to expand this initiative to our other partner hospitals! If you would like to donate, support, or learn more about programs such as these, like/follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram to stay updated with us!

 

 

“On your mark, get set, GO TEAM MUSMANNO!”

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Steve Musmanno (center) making his way to the finish line!

Congratulations to all the participants of the 2017 New York City Triathlon on July 16, 2017! Athletes came together to conquer Manhattan but Team Musmanno participated to help raise money and awareness for a cause close to their heart.

Steve Musmanno dove (literally and figuratively) back into racing this Sunday for Harboring Hearts after retiring 6 years ago from the racing arena. He has done countless races for the American Heart Association from 2008 to 2010! He was inspired to carry this torch because of the heart journey of his wife, Robin, who was born with congenital heart disease. Through many extensive heart procedures, Robin perseveres! Having undergone numerous heart procedures, Steve and Robin both know that this battle comes with costs of time, tears and money. They also understand that many who are in this battle may not have the latter, money. Now as parents, Steve and Robin wants to share with their daughter, Ashley, their fervor of supporting other heart warriors.

Many of the families Harboring Hearts support are in need of help to keep their housing, pay their medical bills, expenses, etc. Especially undergoing expensive life saving hospital procedures increases day to day expenses that leave individuals swamped with financial hardships. Together with support from family and friends, Team Musmanno raised $3,779!

CONGRATULATIONS STEVE, ROBIN and ASHLEY! Your efforts go a long way to provide for much needed support, comfort and respite for those undergoing cardiac surgery! From Harboring Hearts, we would like to thank you for supporting us and for your drive to fight towards this cause.

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Deloitte Impact Day with Harboring Hearts

June 9, 2017 – A team of dedicated Deloitte employees ditched their computers for crafts to provide joy and hope for the pediatric heart patients at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

Together, 40 care packages were created containing spy bottles, potted plants, picture frames with individualized names and more! Kids and their family members were excited to receive their care packages. And most importantly, this event would not have been a success without the generosity from the Deloitte Team. Thank you so much to our dedicated volunteers as well as the staff and families at Montefiore for making this day possible!

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NYP Spy Party 2017

Tuesday May 9th, 2017 was a day of fun at New York Presbyterian Hospital. The Harboring Hearts team celebrated the pediatric heart patients by partnering with @nyphospital to have a Spy Party where the children were greeted by the friendly mystery solver, Blues Clues.

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Each child received a Harboring Hearts tote bag containing several gifts as well as the souvenirs they created with us. The kids made I spy bottles, binoculars, and even custom secret agent badges.

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We are so grateful to NYP’s cardiac care community,  our volunteers, and the wonderful families that came out and made the day so special!

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Jean Velarde Hope 4 Hearts Day

Harboring Hearts closed out the month of March with a Hope 4 Hearts Day honoring Jean Velarde and his family.

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Jean and his family were picked up from their house and taken to the Highline where they were met by the Harboring Hearts team for a photo shoot to remember this wonderful day. They then enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse near Madison Square Garden.

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To end the day they watched the New York Nets and the Miami Heat battle it out during an NBA game at Madison Square Garden. We spoke to Jean’s wife, Jackie, and she exclaimed,”We had so much fun. My son loved it, Thank you so much.” It was so great to hear that we could plan a great day for this wonderful family.

 

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NYP Galaxy Party

On March 7th 2017 Harboring Hearts partnered with @nyphospital to create a fun Galaxy Party for pediatric heart patients.

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We had Michael Butler keeping the party going with some kid friendly tunes. Also, Buzz Lightyear from CLOWNS kept the kids entertained with his dance moves.

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There were games, arts & crafts, and some heart healthy snacks donated by Stop & Shop (Wheatley Plaza) for the kids to indulge in. Each child received a Harboring Hearts tote they could fill with all the crafts they created like the out of this world galaxy bottle and the straw rocket. It was a fun day for all involved.

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We want to thank everyone who was a part of making this day as special as it was.

 

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H4H with Nelson Sandoval

Wednesday January 25th was a great day spent celebrating Nelson Sandoval and his family. They began their day at the One world observatory where they were met by the Harboring Hearts team.

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The experience started off as an elevator ride that opened up at the top of the building to portray the breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. The family then enjoyed a delicious lunch at the top surrounded by floor to ceiling windows.Nelson and his family were then treated to front row seats at the Cirque du Soleil. It was a big hit, as Nelson’s father stated “The kids really loved the show.” They ended their day strolling around Times Square, taking in the whole experience.

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We gave the family a call the next day and Nelson Sr. exclaimed “That was a wonderful day – everyone was happy!” It was a great honor being able to create a fun day personalized for this wonderful family.

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H4H with Angel Class

Harboring Hearts established Hope 4 Hearts Day (H4H) last spring as a source for families to receive high quality personalized attention and experience activities of their choice. The program is catered towards one recovered heart patient and their family every month. We aim to provide a day of hope and inspiration to heart patients as 65% of patients experience some form of depression post surgery. If you’re an organization interested in donating and collaborating for our upcoming H4H Days, please email info@harboringhearts.org.

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Harboring Hearts was introduced to Angel Class through his social worker from Mount Sinai, and upon learning more about him we knew H4H was a perfect fit! Angel and his cousin Dorcas were treated like superstars on Wednesday October 12th, 2016 with a packed day of fun adventures in the heart of NYC.

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Angel and Dorcas began their day with a car service from their home to Central Park Zoo, where they were welcomed by the Harboring Hearts team. The group set out to see the creatures in the zoo including sleeping bears, and exotic birds flying indoors amongst many other animals. Afterwards, the duo had lunch at the infamous Sardi’s in the Theater District where Angel last ate 20 years prior and had very fond memories of it.

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We saved the best for the last by providing Angel and Dorcas front row seats to The Lion King broadway show, which Angel specially requested from his wish-list. We spoke to Angel at the end of that week, and he was overwhelmed with how happy and appreciative he was for his H4H day. He described the day as feeling “like the Rockefellers”, and it put a spark in him that he hasn’t felt in years. Angel said “I didn’t think people like you guys existed anymore”, and we are overjoyed by his experience!

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