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 and board games, an information booth about Harboring Hearts, and more. Fun music played as children danced, had their faces painted, and ate a warm meal sponsored by Harboring Hearts. Many doctors, former patients, social workers, and caregivers attended as well.


Pediatric heart patients and families gathering together at Montefiore.


Parachute Fun!


Shayla Frandsen, Gacia Tachejian, and Michelle Javian at Montefiore Community Event


On February 19th, Harboring Hearts was at Mount Sinai Hospital participating in our second community event of the month. It was called a community event, but it was more like a party! Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and interventional patients and their families enjoyed a variety of activities, booths, decorations, games, and music. Harboring Hearts donated and served delicious food to attendees, and we were even able to meet up with former beloved patients and friends!


Michelle Javian with a cute heart patient.


Gacia Techejian, Shayla Frandsen, and Michelle Javian at Montefiore.


Co-founders Michelle Javian and Yuki Kotani reunite with a family Harboring Hearts has recently helped.


Shayla Frandsen & Mikelle Kennedy at Mount Sinai Hospital community event.


Ira Parness, MD, and Chief of Division of Pediatric Cardiology said of the Mount Sinai event, “We had a huge and HAPPY crowd of children and families today . . . It was heartwarming that so many patients took out time from their busy lives to attend this party. There was a sense of joy and gratitude as the patients and their parents embraced their caregivers at Sinai.”

Many thanks to all of you for joining with us to help give back and make a difference in the lives of these families! We would not be able to participate in events like these without your continued contributions and support. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can volunteer at our next community event, please email us at

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