The Healing Hearts Project exists to support patients and families from Wolfson Children's Hospital and UF Pediatric Cardiology in Jacksonville, FL, who are affected by congenital heart disease (CHD).
1% OF JACKSONVILLE AREA BABIES ARE BORN WITH CHD.
1 OUT OF 3 OF THOSE CHILDREN WILL HAVE A COMPLEX CHD REQUIRING INTERVENTION. 425 CARDIAC CATHS WERE PERFORMED IN 2018 AT WOLFSON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOR THESE PATIENTS AND 236 OPEN HEART SURGERIES. PATIENTS STAY IN THE HOSPITAL FOR 1-2 DAYS POST HEART CATH ON AVERAGE AND 10 DAYS ON AVERAGE FOR OPEN CHEST SURGICAL REPAIRS.
(STATISTICAL DATA PROVIDED BY WOLFSON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL)
49 FETAL CARE PACKS GIVEN ANNUALLY
96 CATH LAB CARE PACKS GIVEN ANNUALLY
156 SURGERY DAY CARE PACKS AND MEALS GIVEN ANNUALLY IN THE CARDIAC ICU
OVER 350 FAMILIES IN OUR PRIVATE SUPPORT GROUP WITH ACCESS TO OUR CONTINUED CARE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND FAMILY EVENTS
PROGRAMS RUN BY A DEDICATED GROUPS OF 30 VOLUNTEERS WHO LOGGED 2900 HOURS IN 2018
$6500 IN HEART CART ITEMS UTILIZED IN THE CARDIAC ICU BY FAMILIES WE SERVE
Kennedy and Hope are just two years apart and both were diagnosed in the womb with a congenital heart defect (CHD). When mothers, Stacey and Joy connected, Kennedy had just recovered from her open heart surgery and Hope had just been diagnosed with a CHD. Immediately, a “heart mom” bond was created, revealing the priceless value of having someone alongside you that just “gets it."
This friendship is what inspired Stacey and Joy's vision for The Healing Hearts Project. With a desire to not only heal the hearts of the affected, but their families as well, their hope is to help local families connect through a community of support. They are honored to be a part of this group and hope you can join this group in making a difference for these precious children and their families.