American Heart Month and Black History Month

 

February 1st kicks off Heart Month as well as Black History Month! Here at Harboring Hearts, we want to celebrate and honor the connection as well as spread awareness of the intersection between our work and Black History Month. 

 

American Heart Month was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 when he made a Presidential Proclamation in December 1963. He declared that the month February (starting in February 1964) would be American Heart Month. American Heart Month celebrates the amazing work and people who are connected with heart disease. Through the course of the month, we will raise awareness and share the incredible stories of patients who have received a transplant or undergone cardiothoracic surgery. 

 

Black History Month and Heart Month give us a unique opportunity, at Harboring Hearts, to help raise awareness about heart challenges faced by many in the Black community. A community most affected by heart disease is the Black community. African Americans experience a greater risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke (Source: Graham, G. Curr Cardiol Rev. 2015 Aug;11(3):238-245). The work we do at Harboring Hearts from the grants we give through our Emergency Fund to the various ways we support the financial and emotional health of our patients and families, we do so with the understanding that heart issues can impact anyone. What we know about heart disease is that Black adults are 40% more likely to have heart related issues than other groups.

 

Harboring Hearts-Nike SoHo Store Event 2020

 

Harboring Hearts is committed to providing support to heart patients and their families who need it the most. We invite you to check back in both on our blog and on our social media to learn more about the heart challenges faced by the Black community. We will share more news about our February events as we celebrate Heart Month!

For more information on the History of American Heart Disease Month and the impact of Heart Disease on the Black community in the United States visit the New York City Health website, New York State Health website, American College of Cardiology website, and the American Heart Association website. 

 

This month, you can support our programs and help families in 3 easy ways this month:

  1. Make a purchase at www.chomps.com. At checkout, you can donate up to $20 to Harboring Hearts and Chomps will match up to $2,000 received from February 1 – February 15th.
  2. Participate in the Junior Board’s Candy Jar Guessing Game for $5. All proceeds will help a cardiothoracic surgery and transplant patient in need. Contact Dori at dori@harboringhearts.org to learn more!
  3. 3. You can sign up to run our virtual race in partnership with our Junior Board! The race takes place February 26-28th. Contact Dori at dori@harboringhearts.org to learn more!
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Game Show of Love with Lucky Forks: GiveMe5

A BIG thank you to the Lucky Forks Team and their corporate partners for an amazing evening!

On February 13th we hosted a Game Show of Love! Our Game Show host for the evening was Dr. Nisha Jhalani, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Director of Inpatient Clinical Services for the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center.

The questions were heart health specific and ranged from easy to challenging. Our lively contestants were challenged by quite a few tough questions. Thank you to the 6 companies who participated in the GiveMe5 Initiative with Lucky Forks Harboring Hearts this Heart Month. Your support will help create lifelong memories for heart patients and their families during our Hope 4 Hearts Days in 2020!

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Thank you to our incredible HH families, to Jean and Jaslin for sharing your stories! Thank you to Dr. Nisha Jhalani for volunteering as our host.

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What a FANTASTIC way to celebrate the heart journeys of our families!

 

Vincent at the Nike Store

Hope 4 Hearts Days in August!

TWO HOPE 4 HEARTS DAYS IN AUGUST!

On August 21st, Vincent learned how to make sushi (his favorite food) along with his brother and parents during his Hope 4 Hearts Day in New York City! He learned various culinary techniques and enjoyed Green Tea Mochi for dessert after his two hour cooking class. Thank you to Chef Sabrina Sexton and Elisha for making his experience a unique one. He and his family were also given a tour of the Institute of Culinary Education located in downtown Manhattan. Later the same day, Vincent toured the Nike Store in SoHo, received a custom made jersey and spent time with the Nike team to learn about their roles and dedication to giving back to their communities. Vincent concluded his day at Dig Inn in SoHo and shared in a heart healthy meal with his family! Thank you to our partners: Institute for Culinary Education, Nike Store in SoHo and Dig Inn for giving Vincent and his family such memorable experiences!

H4H MS Teens Transplant Support

On August 22nd, we hosted 7 teen heart transplant recipients during our first Teen Mentoring Day at The Met Museum. Together the teens had a fun and interactive day, a discussion about their heart journey and connected with other teen transplant recipients. We provided a forum for open and honest discussion in partnership with Taylor Clarke, a heart transplant recipient who also received her transplant as a teenager. Taylor led the 45 minute mentoring session and joined our teens in forging a sense of community within the group! We look forward to connecting again! Thank you to our partners: Taylor Clarke, the team at Mount Sinai and author Amy Silverstein for providing signed copies of her book Sick Girl, and The Met Museum!