• Dear Me Blog Series: Allison Meiners

    Dear Me: February 17, 2014, changed you in more ways than you can fully comprehend. You’re scared. You’re scared to put up your unborn baby’s crib, you’re scared to write in your pregnancy journal, you’re scared to give birth to this baby, you’re scared because you just heard words you’re unfamiliar with, “your baby’s heart […]

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  • Dear Me Blog Series: Shannon Boyd

    Dear me, You’re right, you’ll lose everything you think is important. Your dream job, your savings, your sanity. And all those things you’re worried about happening…strokes, oral aversions, g-tubes, learning disabilities—those will all happen, too. You are not being a pessimist; you’re preparing. There is nothing you can do to stop these things from happening, […]

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  • Dear Me Blog Series: Molly Audetat

    Dear Me, As you sit in the waiting room after the anatomy scan thrilled that you will be welcoming a baby girl, you know in your heart that something is wrong. Your doctor will enter the room to go over the ultrasound results and again it’s clear something is wrong! Things will become blurry around […]

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  • Dear Me Blog Series: Blair Patterson

    Dear Me: I woke up the other day and looked in the mirror too early. You know what I mean – when you look at your face before the morning fairies repair the damage the overnight goblins did to how you look? I kept looking, though, and I thought “Lady? You’ve aged about 10 years […]

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  • Dear Me Blog Series: Jen Huegel

    Dear Me, I can still see you. Curled into a ball, swallowed by darkness in your living room on a perfectly sunny and beautiful fall day.  Shades drawn, heart broken, unable to form words.  I can still feel the fear, ripping through your whole body as you shook with sobs that filled the quiet room.  […]

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  • Dear Me Blog Series: February CHD Awareness Month Campaign

      Help-A-Heart is excited to feature the letters of several of our ‘heart’ parents during our February CHD (congenital heart disease) Awareness Month campaign.  We asked our families to write a letter to themselves during the time they received the diagnosis and first began their journey in the heart world.  Just a warning, these are […]

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  • Heart Hero – Gabe Graber

    We found out on September 11, 2004, that our unborn child had a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome. Basically, this means that Gabe’s right ventricle never fully developed, so he only has 1 pumping chamber in his heart. This defect is corrected with a series of 3 open heart surgeries—one at birth, […]

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  • Happy 2018!

    Happy 2018 from Help-A-Heart!  A few of our heart heroes, Carver, Kiran, Kellan & Addison would like to wish you a happy new year!  We are so blessed by a wonderful 2017 & can’t wait to see what the new year brings!  To our amazing & steadfast supporters who make it possible to do what we […]

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  • Merry Christmas from Help-A-Heart ~ Our Year in Review

    As we reflect back 2017, we are truly blessed by the support of all of our heart families & their loved ones.  We are challenged daily to further our mission of ‘sharing love by providing emotional and financial support to Iowa families affected by congenital heart disease (CHD)’.  Here’s a few highlights from 2017! 1.  71 Families received a […]

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  • Heart Hero – Aja Audetat

    Our world changed forever March 26, 2015 when we first heard the words “Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.” During our 20-week anatomy scan we learned we were having a girl and that she would be born with a congenital heart defect. This is when Help-A-Heart entered our lives and helped in more ways than they’ll ever […]

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