• April Heart Hero – Max Preston

    Max is a survivor.  He is truly a medical marvel.  I know all heart heroes are, but Max is a truly special case.  His diagnosis is heterotaxy causing right atrial isomerism, unbalanced complete AVSD with left ventricular dominance and right ventricular hypoplasia, transposition of the great arteries, subpulmonary and pulmonary valve stenosis, twin AV node […]

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  • March Heart Angel – In Loving Memory of Jennings Wallace – 8.16.18 – 3.25.19

    Jennings was born via emergency C-section on August 16th, 2 months premature and with a severe heart defect. At 2 days old, he was transferred to a hospital 2 hours away. The focus was to get him up in weight (he was only 2lbs 9oz when he was born) and getting his lungs strong enough […]

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  • February Heart Hero – Haydn Huddleson

    Haydn Elise Huddleson was born April 14, 2016.  There were no complications during the pregnancy or delivery.  She did struggle with bilirubin and had to have a biliblanket for several days.  Her heart rates/pressures were always within normal range in utero and after birth.  Haydn’s pediatrician/cardiologist noticed a slight murmur, but we were told to […]

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  • January Heart Angel – In Loving Memory of 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 Heart Angel – In Loving 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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