Who we are…
Amazing Little Hearts was founded by a group of parents who are living the life of Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) in one form or another. We are affiliated with Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas, but we welcome ALL families from near and far! Amazing Little Hearts provides support, care, information and resources to families affected by CHD. We also are working to raise awareness about CHDs through various organizations.
It doesn’t matter if your child is awaiting their repair, had it done at another hospital, that you are an ADULT with a CHD or maybe a parent with empty arms because your child is no longer here with us. Please feel free to join us. We want to be here for you. Even if you don’t have a CHD or know someone with one- if you just want to be involved, jump in!
What we do…
Amazing Little Hearts strives to provide support to our families both inside and outside of the hospital.
With the help of generous donations, families in the Congenital Heart Surgery Unit (CHSU or “The Unit”) are given care packages (“goody bags”) filled with items that help make their stay more bearable.
Because families who have previously been in the Unit know what it’s like to miss a good home-cooked meal, especially during the holidays, one of the favorite things for our “graduate” families to do is bring meals for patients and staff during the holidays.
The stresses of “hospital life” can make anyone hungry and not everyone has change for the vending machines or maybe they got trapped during shift change! We now have a “snack cabinet” in the Unit, again, thanks to donations. If you’re in the Unit, just ask a nurse and he/she will direct you to it.
Meetings. We try to meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month (about 7 times a year). Check the Events Calendar for more info. We try to have speakers who are relevant to the CHD community. In the past, we’ve had Pediatric Anesthesiologists, a Cardiac Intensivist, numerous cardiologists, CHD survivors, our own Dr. Mendeloff, and representatives from Make-a-Wish as our special guests. There is always something for the kids to do and FREE food (and door prizes!). Come join us!
Events. We kick off each year with the CHD Awareness Week “Heart Party” and blood drive in February, celebrate Dr. Mendeloff’s birthday in May, have a few fun activities in the summer, the Halloween Party in October and our Holiday party in December. Here and there will be a “Mom’s Night Out” or a “Dad’s Night Out” and we hope to add more fun activities, as well.