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Equity in Heart Healthcare: a Conversation with Dr. Breathett

Dr. Breathett is a Tucson-based doctor, heart failure/ transplant cardiologist, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, who specializes in racial/ethnic and gender disparities in advanced heart failure and preventing those populations from developing advanced heart failure. We were able to speak with her about her work, the impact of COVID-19, and how to partner with healthcare professionals to provide quality and equitable care.    Dr. Breathett’s research has found significant disparities in heart failure treatment among women and racial and ethnic […]

Team Transition at Harboring Hearts

As 2021 comes to an end, we are thrilled to announce the hiring of our new Executive Director, Pamela Kass and the promotion of Nikkya Hargrove to Vice President Operations & Programs for Harboring Hearts.    Pamela comes to Harboring Hearts from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. During her time with CPARF, Pamela has led the team in strategic partnership development and marketing the organizations key fundraising initiative, STEPtember. Prior to her current role, Pamela was on the development team of AVON walk […]

Official Charity Partner of the New York Road Runners

As an Official Charity Partner of the New York Road Runners (NYRR), we are excited to announce that five runners join the Half Marathon on Sunday, March 20, 2022, in support of Harboring Hearts! Our mission is to provide critical financial and emotional resources to cardiac surgery and transplant patients and their families as they recover from their life-changing surgery. In partnership with the NYRR, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running, our Harboring Hearts’ runners will […]

Food and Heart Health

Consistent access to healthy food is an essential part of preventing health issues as well as recovering from cardiovascular surgery or a transplant.     The Mayo Clinic found that food insecurity is associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.  Additionally, the American Heart Association found that “food insecurity affects nearly 1 in 2 people with the condition who also are among the most disadvantaged socioeconomic groups.” This means that families who are struggling with food insecurity, disproportionately […]

2021 Golf Outing!

On October 19th, we hosted our annual fundraiser at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Thank you to our supporters and donors who helped us raise $280,516 to help our cardiac surgery and transplant patients with food, housing, and transportation! The proceeds from this event provide support and alleviate some of the financial burdens our families carry, just like Deborah’s family.  Thank you to our supporters for helping our families breathe a little easier!               […]

Cohen Foundation Grant

Harboring Hearts is honored and grateful to be receiving a $25,000 grant from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation! The foundation is committed to philanthropy and community services and gives to organizations that improve children’s healthcare and education, serve the underserved, support the arts, protect the environment, and further Lyme and tickborne disease research. Their grant was given in honor of World Heart Day!    This grant will be used to support heart patients and their families through the Harboring […]

Deborah’s Hope for Hearts Story

In 1998, at the age of 50, Deborah was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Deborah’s condition progressed over time, leading eventually to stage 4 chronic heart failure. Thankfully, this past March, at the age of 73, Deborah received a heart transplant at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center.    In August, Deborah and her husband and caretaker John were able to celebrate 43 years of marriage. Harboring Hearts coordinated a Hope 4 Hearts Day to celebrate them!   On the day of their […]

Back to School

Students everywhere are returning to school this month, many for the first time since the Coronavirus Pandemic, marking a gap of 17 months or more since their last in person instruction.   While this is an exciting time for students, teachers, and their families, the return to in person instruction is far riskier for some than others. Students, teachers, and members of their households with heart disease are at an increased risk for a severe COVID-19 infection.   Children, especially […]

COVID Fundraising Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained all of our resources over the past year and a half. Nonprofit organizations have felt the impact of this in many places, but perhaps none more than in fundraising.    A survey by the Nonprofit Leadership Council found that the number one challenge facing nonprofit leaders in 2020 was fundraising. This survey showed that “​​The top three concerns for generating organizational revenue are: 1) cancelled fundraising events  2) loss of funders or corporate partners and […]

Summer Fun

As we wrap up the summer be sure to take advantage of warmer weather and time with family. Staying active is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially for cardiovascular health, and is a great way to spend time with people you care about. From biking to walks to swimming or playing catch, whatever exercise works for you deserves to be celebrated.   According to the American Heart Association exercising for just thirty minutes or more a day […]