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Harboring Hearts in Action: Jamilya and Ah-Niyla’s Story

For our clients, home is where the heart is, and they will do their best to stay with their loved ones–even if that means sleeping in the waiting room. Jamilya Lowery, whose daughter, Ah-Niyla, was diagnosed with myocarditis, made the decision to stay with her daughter at the cost of a good night’s sleep. Instead of renting an expensive hotel room to save money Jamilya was prepared to sleep anywhere from Ah-Niyla’s little bed to waiting room chairs. That’s where […]

Helping Patients to Adopt a Healthy Diet Can Be a Family Affair

This month we are happy to feature a post from guest blogger and nutrition expert Lisa Harper. Lisa is a freelance writer, creating content to educate and inform her readers about the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle. She is a mother of two and when not experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, enjoys taking walks with her family and dogs. _______________________________________________________________ One of the toughest things that many heart disease patients face is the upheaval in their diet that comes as […]

Recap: Harboring Hearts’ 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Community Event

Harboring Hearts teamed up with Save a Child’s Heart Young Leadership Group and Claudia Chan’s S.H.E. Summit Week to host our annual arts & crafts event at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on June 12th.     Around fifteen volunteers joined us in fun-filled interaction with young heart patients and their families.  Everyone enjoyed an exciting afternoon filled with crafts, bead-making, face painting, laughter, yummy treats, and even a surprise visit from Cinderella!  With all of the great feedback from […]

Aveeno Grant Winners!

This past year, the AVEENO® Brand launched the Be An Active Natural™ Fund to award more than $300,000 in grants to individuals and organizations that create positive change in their communities. Co-founder, Yuki Kotani, was nominated to receive one of eight Aveeno “Be An Active Natural” $10,000 grants and won on behalf of Harboring Hearts. This is an amazing accomplishment! We are thrilled to be recognized by Aveeno, a community that shares our efforts to celebrate natural and inner beauty as […]

Healthy Hearts: Self-care vs. Stress

We are so happy to feature a post from guest blogger and health pro Tara Magalski! Check out more amazing and healthy information on her website at Divinelifestyles.com. —- How do you manage your stress? Do you drink your woes away? Do you smoke to take off the edge?   Do you stay up all night tossing and turning? Do you take pills to calm your nerves? Do you find yourself over-eating to stuff down those feelings of worry? Do you […]


What is your current role at Harboring Hearts? I handle all the office administration, manage our social media platforms and website development, and I am also in charge of HR.  Needless to say, I wear many hats here at Harboring Hearts, but that is one of the reasons why I love working here! Favorite food:  steak and au gratin potatoes Favorite travel destination: Maldives Favorite book: Harry Potter Series Favorite music: instrumental movie soundtracks Favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice Favorite […]

Recap of Recent Community Events, & How You Can Get Involved!

Harboring Hearts was able to help make February a little sweeter for over 450 pediatric patients and their families at two New York City hospitals through our Community Events initiative. These events create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, solidarity, and network of support for pediatric cardiac patients and their families. On February 14th, Harboring Hearts participated in a community event at Montefiore Medical Center. The Grand Hall of the Bronx facility was home to shiny red heart balloons, Valentine’s cards, toys […]

Fabulous Fish Recipe!

This recipe is heart-friendly and very easy to prepare! Lemon Salmon with Rosemary Wild salmon fillet Olive oil Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Fresh rosemary leaves Lemon Capers Brown rice Broccoli Aluminum Foil Brush your salmon fillet with olive oil. Sprinkle the fillet with salt, pepper and rosemary. Put your salmon on a piece of foil long enough to cover the entire fish. Top the salmon with 2 lemon slices, 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 […]