• January Heart Angel – Sydney Burke 3.12.19- 9.14.19

    Sydney was born on March 12 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), meaning the left side of her heart did not fully develop.  Her pulmonary veins (bring the blood from the lungs to the heart) were obstructed at birth, which required her to need emergency open heart surgery within the first few hours of her […]

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  • Scheels – Giving Tuesday

    We also were blessed today to be a part of Scheels #givingtuesday event where we received $2,000. Scheel’s gave out checks to numerous other nonprofits this morning so it was truly an honor to be among the recipients. We appreciate the community support that helps us to further our mission every day! Thanks to Scheel’s for the donation!

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  • Spark the Spirit

    Thanks again to all who voted for us on Veridian’s Spark the Spirit campaign! So fun to receive this $5,000 check today from the employees who nominated us!  ❤️

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  • Spark the Spirit!

    We are excited to announce that thanks to all of our faithful supporters who shared & voted for us, we received $5,000 from Veridian Credit Union‘s Spark the Spirit campaign for the Des Moines metro area! We were honored & humbled to be a part of this event along with some very deserving nonprofits doing some […]

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  • December Heart Hero – Calvin Kroeger

    Calvin was born on a warm fall day in September 2013. It was a very unremarkable pregnancy, and a rather unremarkable delivery. Everything seemed fine with our 9 lb. 14 oz. bundle of joy. He wasn’t eating right away, but no one seemed concerned. However, after 6 hours passed and he still wasn’t able to […]

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  • Spark the Spirit

    Help us win $5,000! Help-A-Heart is honored to be nominated for Veridian Credit Union‘s (Des Moines metro area) Spark the Spirit award for 2019! Veridian is donating $5,000 to the charity that receives the most votes. Thanks to Andrea Hudnut & Faith Elizabeth Smythe for nominating Help-A-Heart! -$5,000 will help 13 families facing a month-long hospital stay for […]

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  • November Angel- In Memory of Jonathan Lockie 3.16.11-9.12.13

    I’ve always loved a good story.  My kids do, too.  Especially Jonathan. I remember the first time I got to hold Jonathan.  I can’t pinpoint those early moments quite as clearly with his siblings, but I clearly remember holding Jonathan.  It was days after he was born, just before his first open heart surgery.  He […]

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  • 6th Annual Superhero Heart Run – 2019

    The Des Moines Superhero Heart Run is BACK and we are ready to “Save the Day for #CongenitalHeartDefects“! Join forces with Help-A-Heart & Heart Heroes on Sunday, October 13 at Raccoon River Park Softball Complex (Coneflower Shelters) from 12-4 PM as we walk, run & FLY for those impacted by #CHD. Proceeds raised from this […]

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  • 2019 Superhero Heart Run Ambassador – Charlie Strand

    Charlie’s Journey – The Best is Yet to Come…. Written by Staci Strand, Charlie’s mother Sometimes the simplest of sayings, while you may not know it at the time, have different meanings each time it is brought into focus.  There’s a lot packed into a simple phrase like, The Best is Yet to Come.   […]

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  • September Angel- In Memory of Milena Vanderflugt- 9.2.16 – 4.10.17

    Your precious little feet, little hands, beautiful face, and fighting spirit…. our sweet Milena, you will be in our hearts forever. “There is something wrong with your baby’s heart. You need to deliver the baby today.” I was in the doctor’s office for my 36 week check up and waited to hear the ultra sound […]

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