September is Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month!



All too often, we read a headline of a star athlete who suddenly collapses on the night of the big game, or a baby who dies in her sleep. Chances are, a little known heart disease is the cause. Harboring Hearts is partnering with the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) for Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month this September to shine a spotlight on pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart disease.

Cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden deaths and heart transplants in children under the age of 18. Many times, it is “silent” in its symptoms and not diagnosed until after a tragedy occurs. Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month calls public attention to the signs, symptoms and risk factors for cardiomyopathy, which will help identify more undiagnosed, at-risk children and get them the appropriate medical attention to prevent premature death.


It is estimated that more than 30,000 children are living with cardiomyopathy in the U.S. Harboring Hearts will celebrate the awareness month with #KnowYourHeart educational activities that include sharing cardiomyopathy family stories and raising awareness during our events in September! For more information visit


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Hope 4 Hearts Days in August!


On August 21st, Vincent learned how to make sushi (his favorite food) along with his brother and parents during his Hope 4 Hearts Day in New York City! He learned various culinary techniques and enjoyed Green Tea Mochi for dessert after his two hour cooking class. Thank you to Chef Sabrina Sexton and Elisha for making his experience a unique one. He and his family were also given a tour of the Institute of Culinary Education located in downtown Manhattan. Later the same day, Vincent toured the Nike Store in SoHo, received a custom made jersey and spent time with the Nike team to learn about their roles and dedication to giving back to their communities. Vincent concluded his day at Dig Inn in SoHo and shared in a heart healthy meal with his family! Thank you to our partners: Institute for Culinary Education, Nike Store in SoHo and Dig Inn for giving Vincent and his family such memorable experiences!

H4H MS Teens Transplant Support

On August 22nd, we hosted 7 teen heart transplant recipients during our first Teen Mentoring Day at The Met Museum. Together the teens had a fun and interactive day, a discussion about their heart journey and connected with other teen transplant recipients. We provided a forum for open and honest discussion in partnership with Taylor Clarke, a heart transplant recipient who also received her transplant as a teenager. Taylor led the 45 minute mentoring session and joined our teens in forging a sense of community within the group! We look forward to connecting again! Thank you to our partners: Taylor Clarke, the team at Mount Sinai and author Amy Silverstein for providing signed copies of her book Sick Girl, and The Met Museum!

Deloitte at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on July 13th!

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Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital welcomed Deloitte volunteers on Friday, July 13th!

The volunteers dedicated their time on a wonderful Friday afternoon creating care packages for pediatric heart patients. Each care package included Inspirational Frames decorated with stickers, Sock Bunny heating pads, painted ceramic Turtle Banks, I Spy Bottles which were delivered to patients. Thank you to our Deloitte volunteers for their commitment, time, dedication and energy! You brought smiles to the faces of our pediatric heart patients and their families. Thank you Morgan Stanley for welcoming us!



Deloitte Impact Day on June 8th

Volunteers from Deloitte shared in their company’s Impact Day with us on June 8th. Twelve Deloitte employees spent the day with the teams of Harboring Hearts and Children’s Hospital at Montefiore! The enthusiasm they brought with them was contagious!27890858037_6febc92031_o

They prepared 20 care packages for pediatric heart patients at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Deloitte volunteers created colorful and inspiring crafts which included: decorating inspirational photo frames, painting ceramic turtle banks, personalizing planters, and designing brightly colored stones with words of hope to add to the care packages.


The room was filled with joy! Volunteers made crafts to brighten up the day of a pediatric heart patients at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore! Thank you to all of the volunteers who partnered with Harboring Hearts and made this day happen!


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Community-STRONG with Harboring Hearts

On March 28th, Harboring Hearts was proud to be a part of two community events serving both our pediatric and adult heart patients.

Camp Harboring Hearts

Harboring Hearts partnered with Juice Generation to “go camping” with our pediatric heart patients at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Alvin, from Alvin and the Chipmunks, joined with us in making this a memorable day for the patients, staff, and volunteers who attended!

4158 Harboring Hearts-180328-0029More than 50 patients and their families/caregivers joined us to create camp-inspired crafts including making a tent, decorating colorful lanterns with tea lights, creating their own fishes to go fishing and making bear puppets!

There truly was a warm camping atmosphere with music, dancing, smiles, and tales to tell of this day!

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A HUGE thank you to our social workers and staff at NYP-Morgan Stanley as well as our volunteers from Juice Generation! You all helped our heart champions to feel like a kid again despite their trying times.

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Self-Care and Mindfulness with Dana Constantino

Our support group was a time of sharing, breathing and taking time out to relax and rejuvenate. Dana Jean Costantino from RA MA Kundalini Yoga + Experiences led our caregivers from Mount Sinai Hospital through different breathing routines and relaxation methods.

Social workers, our Harboring Hearts staff along with our caregivers engaged in being mindful and acknowledging our needs and breathing in and out positivity and encouragements. It created an atmosphere for caregivers to share their different experiences taking care of their loved ones and gave us opportunities to share why it is just as important to take care for themselves as they care for their families!


Thank you, Dana, for partnering with Harboring Hearts to provide this informative and resourceful support group! A big thank you to our social workers at Mount Sinai for joining us in this session and constantly being there for our patients and their caregivers to provide emotional support!

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At Harboring Hearts not only do we advocate heart health by working out but also working out our heart to be heart strong by being there for one another!

This month we invite you all to be heart strong and strengthen your heart in the process with the various events we have in store.


Family PicCongrats to Elias Sontay who has been dedicating his time to working out for the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon and successfully completed it on Sunday, March 18, 2018!

Cheering on Elias is his wonderful family pictured on the left including his 4 year old son, Franco. Franco is the reason Elias chooses to run with Harboring Hearts.

Franco has undergone 3 open heart surgeries and is one of the many heart champions we had the opportunity to celebrate for our Hope 4 Hearts Day!

Elias and FrancoElias and his wife have been there through it all during these procedures. He now wants to inspire and show support to heart patients and Harboring Hearts to help provide this support to other heart patients and their families.

Let’s continue to encourage Elias by donating and sharing his page to help him reach his goal!

There’s no such thing as impossible when we work together!


Outdoor Voices

Wine is to cheese what workout clothes are for yoga! Grab a friend and join us in some shopping and a fantastic heart-healthy yoga session!

Outdoor Voices has partnered with Harboring Hearts every Sunday in the month of March for some mat based yoga and more!

After the class, participants and shoppers can support Harboring Hearts by shopping for incredibly comfortable athletic wear — from 11am-2pm each Sunday, 20% of all proceeds will be donated to help support our heart patients and families at Harboring Hearts!

Come one, come all!

Forever Heart Month


Harboring Hearts was proud to be a part of American Heart Month, which was filled with events and activities that helped raise awareness and celebrate the journey of many heart champions.

After we kicked off Heart Month on February 7th with back to back heart awareness events at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, we kept the energy going with our Annual Heart Transplant Reunion on February 16th at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore! Pediatric heart patients, their siblings, and family members joined to help celebrate their heart transplant stories.

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Annual Heart Party Reunion @ Montefiore

Children, tots to teens, filled the room with laughter and excitement as they got their faces painted, took part in fun activities, ate to their hearts fill, and watched magic acts in awe! To all our staff, cardiologists, and social workers at CHAM who came down to celebrate, as well as our friends from Clownsdotcom, who helped us clown around, thank you for joining us to help put a smile on many faces that day!

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Heart Month Fundraising Events

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We want to thank the Deloitte team for participating and supporting Harboring Hearts another year through our SoulCycle event! On February 16th, Deloitte gathered its team to join Harboring Hearts to cycle, be heart strong, and help raise $4,000 in the process!

Thank you, Deloitte for your partnership and for your employees who help support those we serve!

IMG_0652 (1)Bitter End NYC – Madonna Tribute

On February 22nd, artists and Madonna lovers all gathered at the Bitter End NYC to sing, dance and listen to classics in support of Harboring Hearts! Together, we raised $1,500 which will all go to help support heart surgery patients and their families!


Bloomingdales Panel & Shopping Event

From all of us at Harboring Hearts, we would like to express a big THANK YOU to all those who came out, participated in heart health discussions, shopped and donated! We also want to thank our panel speakers who helped dig deeper into the importance of being heart strong from their own personal stories and inspire those who were there!

These events were a reflection of the support of those like you who help us make a difference in the lives of those with heart disease and their family members. A big THANK YOU to our panel speakers, partners, all those who came out, shopped and participated in these events!

Cinnalove Latte 1 of every latte sold helps a Harboring Hearts patient and their family

A Whole Latte of Love from About Coffee NYC

Cuddle up with a warm Cinnalove Latte this winter from About Coffee NYC!

$1 from every cup of this specialty drink goes to support our programs for heart champions and their families!

Thank you, About Coffee NYC for creating joy in a cup that can help us continue making community events like these possible!

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To close out the last day of Heart Month, we invited all of our heart champions and their families to Nike SoHo.

The children spent time playing basketball, getting a private tour of the store, making their own personalized jerseys and being inspired to be heart healthy through physical activity with Holly Rilinger, Nike Master Trainer! Thank you so much to Nike and all those who helped bring joy to the faces of patients to parents!

Although February has come to an end, for Harboring Hearts, every month is heart month! We can’t wait to keep you posted on more activities and events that you can be involved in. Like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to stay connected with us and become a part of our community of volunteers, partners, etc.

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Kicking off Heart Month!

February 7th was a jam-packed day filled with a lot of heart!

We began by supporting families facing #CongenitalHeartDisease at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. In lieu of CHD Awareness Week, we wanted to support parents of our neonatal heart warriors through food and a relaxing massage session. We hoped to provide a momentary comfort as caregivers and parents go through trying times as they await results, and just go through this process day by day.


We provided Hu Kitchen healthy and hearty meals that afternoon for all our caregivers and NYC Healing Hands provided a relaxing massage session! Thank you once again to our staff at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital NICU, our corporate partners who support our community events and parents/caregivers who make this event possible!

After wrapping up at NYP-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, we traveled over to Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital for their 32nd Annual Mount Sinai Valentine’s Heart Party!

Group PicOur very own Elmo joined in the fun and festivities as we welcomed pediatric heart surgery patients for a reunion to “celebrate life” along with their parents and physicians.

Harboring Hearts joined Project Sunshine to truly witness a day full of smiles as these children ate, danced, and enjoyed the day!

From our heart to all of yours, we can not express our joy in being able to put these events together! If your organization would like to partner with us to support events as such – like/follow us on facebooktwitter and instagram!


Care Packages at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

January 26th, 2018– The entire staff, from The Bronx Center for Science and Math, spent the day with Harboring Hearts creating care packages for children in the PICU at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

Social workers, Math/Science/History/English teachers all embraced a child like excitement as they helped with arts, crafts, games and face-painting for the children we serve.

CHAM 1They set up care-packages filled with coloring pages, activity books as well as hand-crafted night lights, personalized flower pots with seeds to plant, and picture frames to give out to our pediatric heart patients as we all await Spring!

Throughout the day, there were smiles all around as they designed and decorated their own masterpiece crafts to spread to the joy to the children.

Thank you once again to all the teachers who came out as well as our social workers and staff at Montefiore. This day wouldn’t have been possible without you!

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