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 anniversary Deborah and John traveled to New York for Deborah’s first post transplant medical appointment. Harboring Hearts was able to greet them with goodie bags at their hotel room, and provide them with a horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park. This adventure was followed by a catered dinner, enjoyed in their hotel room, since Deborah’s transplant makes her immune system compromised. Their meal was delivered by Uber Eats and made by Sylvia’sRestaurant and dessert was provided by Lady M Cake Boutique. Thank you to Lady M who not only consistently provides the most delicious treats, they continue to support our work, and we are grateful to partner with them.


When asked about the day Deborah said “Thank you all for this gift. This special Hope 4 Hearts gift truly made our day enjoyable. I even got my physical therapy in – walking these New York City streets! Now, time to watch the Yankees win!” Thanks to the generous support of the family and friends of Jessica Melore, our former board member, Deborah and John’s day was made possible. 

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