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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Heart Month with Harboring Hearts

Happy New Year from us all at Harboring Hearts! We wish you all a very happy, healthy and hearty new year.

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With the start of the new year, we are excited to kick off Heart Month in February to help us focus in on our heart health and rally our family, friends and peers to do the same. Because every month is a “heart month” at Harboring Hearts, in February we celebrate, educate, and fundraise for the continued journey and support of our heart champions and their caregivers!

The following events are going to take place in the month of February.



Date: February 7th, 2018

Event: Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week

Location: Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

What is it? We’re kicking off CHD Awareness Week by providing meals and a relaxing massage-filled afternoon for our parents of pediatric patients born with heart disease.


Date: February 7, 2018, 3pm-5pm

Event: Valentines Heart Party

Location:  Mount Sinai

What is it? A fun afternoon of activities, food and reunion with our pediatric patients


Date: February 16, 2018, 5pm-7pm

Event: Montefiore Annual Heart Transplant Reunion

Location: The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore    

What is it? Celebrating the journey of heart transplant patients and their caregivers with music, fun and food.


Date: February 28, 2018

Event: Nike

Location: Nike SoHo:  529 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

What is it? We will be closing out heart month by celebrating with 5 of our heart families we serve at Harboring Hearts. This will be a day for these families to come together, get their grab bag, shoot some hoops and have a fun day together.


Date: February 16, 2018

Event: 2nd Annual Deloitte Soulcycle Charity Ride

Location: SoulCycle Studio

What is it? Philanthropic corporations, such as Deloitte, partner with Harboring Hearts to help raise money through fun community activities, which helps provide financial and emotional support for heart patients and their families.

How can you help? Are you part of a company that wants to give back? Let us know! Email us at


Date: February 21, 2018

Event: Bloomingdale’s Panel & Shopping Event

Location: Bloomingdale’s SoHo: 504 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

What is it? A day to shop till you drop, but for a great cause! 10% of everything you purchase will go to Harboring Hearts. At 6:30pm, Harboring Hearts will host a “Love your Heart” panel. Tickets are now on sale

How can you help? Step 1 – Come on down to the location. Step 2 – Shop with confidence knowing that your shopping goes to getting things for you but also providing much needed help for heart patients and their families. Step 3 – purchase a ticket and listen to our panel share tips to “Love your Heart”


Date: February 26, 2018, 7pm-9pm, *doors open at 6:30 pm*

Event: Express Yourself – A Tribute to Madonna

Location: The Bitter End NYC: 147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

What is it? Listen to local top-talents as they pay tribute to Madonna, the Queen of Pop, and spend the night with fun and music!

How can you help? #LeaveAMarkSeries has been generous enough to have all proceeds from the donations for this evening benefit Harboring Hearts. All you have to do is go! Entrance fees are donation based and ALL donations will go toward Harboring Hearts to provide critical financial and emotional support for heart patients and their families.

December Events with Harboring Hearts

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!
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 to stay updated with us!



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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