December Events with Harboring Hearts

Harboring Hearts is proud to mark the month of December with 3 Hospital Events!

#JustDoIt with Harboring Hearts

We kicked off this month’s celebrations with our Holiday Party at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) on December 6th. Harboring Hearts partnered with Nike to help local elementary school children learn the heart benefits of being active through various sports related crafts. They helped students make visors, to protect them from the sun, to making their own footballs, basketball hoops, and even learning how to check their own heartbeat once they exercise.

They came in with an open mind and curiosity to engage and learn about having a healthy heart through the many sports they heard about. By the end of the day, they left with smiles as wide as their faces.

School Kids


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But the real show stopper was having the opportunity to dance their heart out with Elmo.

New Elmo

At the end of the day, the students all made a vow to be more active and be keep a healthy heart.

We want to thank CHAM and our volunteers from Nike once again for helping to make this event a success and creating a lasting impression about heart health and exercise!

Nike + HH

Parents Support Groups for Heart Champions!

Heart surgery is a hard conversation for adults, needless to say how much harder it is for expecting parents and parents of newborns, who are preparing for such a big procedure. Harboring Hearts aims to lift this burden by providing expecting families with a support system of parents at different spectrum of this process. By fostering conversation among parents, we help provide confidence and reassurance that though this may not be easy, they are not alone.

We want to thank the amazing staff, faculty and our amazing parents at Mount Sinai and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital who made it out and made this an inspirational and supportive time for those who attended.

We want to invite all of you to continue impacting the lives of our heart patients and their families through the activities at Harboring Hearts! If you would like to stay updated with our events, or want to donate and help support more events like this in our community, like/follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram!

Harboring Hearts NYC Half


Harboring Hearts is proud to join the New York Road Runners at the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half for the 5th year in a row! Every year we have been able to recruit 5 dedicated volunteers who train and fund-raise for this race to provide our heart patients, both adults and children, the opportunity to “run” in their own race called life by providing them with much needed emotional and financial support. The funds that are raised through this half marathon go towards providing our community of heart patients and their caregivers with housing, transportation, food, and emotional support programs.

And without further adieu, I would like to extend the warmest invite for you to join Harboring Hearts in the #UnitedNYCHalf on March 18, 2018!  


As a member of our team, you commit to running and raising $2500 to support our work. In exchange, Harboring Hearts covers your race fee, provides swag and lots of love on our blog and social media.

Harboring Hearts is thankful to all those who have supported us in the past. Last year, we were able to raise $17,850 to provide our heart patients and caregivers the ability to keep going. With all your support this year, we’re certain we can continue to help our community fight in their battle!

For those of you who are interested, please visit our fundraising page or email Susan Thomas ( to sign up!


Making Music at NYP

On November 8th, Harboring Hearts was proud to set the stage for a musical celebration during our latest Heart Party Event featuring our pediatric heart patients at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital!

Making Music

Kids and their parents took their time making paper-cup drums, accessorizing it, as well as bringing out art through coloring and activities galore. They were even joined by a special yellow friend from 123 Sesame Street…Big Bird, who also joined in the festivity!

The day was filled with music, laughter and creativity, which has the power to promote overall health and well-being to both children and their family!

Making Music 2


Once again, we want to thank Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital for being a wonderful partner helping us bring joy to our potential future musicians and artists!
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Franco Gutierrez Hope 4 Hearts Day

We were thrilled to celebrate our latest Hope 4 Hearts Day honoring little Franco Itzep Gutierrez and his family! On October 20, 2017 we kicked off the day with a mini photo-shoot. We got to take several pictures of this handsome young man and his wonderful family that they can have as keepsakes to remember this day.


Franco and his sister went right to play when we arrived at Corona Park. They smiled big and posed for all the pictures, but were eagerly waiting to go back and play some more! They continued on the day with dinner at Park Side Restaurant, where they enjoyed more quality family time, sharing a meal and embracing each other’s company.

Shortly after dinner, they went straight to the main entertainment, an evening at circus, Circo Hermanos Vasquez!

Although the day did come to an end, the joy that we saw on the face of Franco and his family carries on. We were thrilled to have made this day possible for Franco and celebrate his heart journey!


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If you’re an organization that wants to become a partner and donate services for our Hope 4 Hearts Day program, please email



IRON (wo)MAN, Jen!

“Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.” – Tony Stark AKA Ironman.


And that’s exactly what our Ironwoman, Jen, did! Harboring Hearts is proud to introduce our superhero for this month, Jennifer Harwood, who mastered the Ironman on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. And oh ya, she also managed to rank 18th of the 44 women in her age bracket with that same smile on her face.

Not only did she triumphantly complete the Ironman race but she dedicated this race to Harboring Hearts to help us serve heart patients and their families as they go through their own race in their heart health battles. She was able to raise $5,765 to help provide them with financial and emotional support!

Congratulations, Jen! Harboring Hearts is so thankful of people like you who constantly strive to help our heart patients and their families!

We are strong not only because of the support we have from all of our volunteers, and supporters in our Harboring Hearts community, but strong through the hearts that desire to help one another!

Click here to read more about the Jen’s journey. If you would like to stay updated with our events and what we do, like/follow us on facebook , twitter and instagram!

“Traveling the World” with Chobani at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

On September 26th, Harboring Hearts partnered with Chobani for another fun-filled event at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital! I think it’s safe to say that all who attended enjoyed their travel adventure exploring various places from Egypt to Hawaii with the help of our fabulous volunteers from Chobani led by Cynthia Gandolfini.

4031 Harboring Hearts-Chobani-0018Our dedicated volunteers began this tour by giving each of our pediatric heart patients their exclusive passports, which they used as they explored the world with curiosity alongside Curious George. Kids started venturing from table to table, country to country, learning and engaging in different crafts and activities!

But there was no monkeying around. Or maybe just a little bit…4031 Harboring Hearts-Chobani-0184

With such a vibrant atmosphere, it was hard not to feel like a kid again. The smiles on each child’s face stretched out from ear to ear as they made their Chinese Lanterns, ate their heart healthy snacks (provided by Stop and Shop) and let loose with the help of DJ Intake!

Once again, we want to thank all our volunteers and supporters as well as Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital for helping us conduct another event that left a palpable energy among our pediatric heart patients! We hope each ounce of support may help them feel more encouraged as they go on their heart journey.

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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

NYP Pediatric Heart Party (singer-gill)   Crafts Under the Sea

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!

Harboring Hearts and CrewIf you would like to stay updated with our events, or want to donate and help support more events like this in our community, like/follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram to stay updated with us!

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!”


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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