Who is Mended Little Hearts?
Mended Little Hearts is a program of The Mended Hearts, Inc. (Mended Hearts). Mended Hearts is a nonprofit, educational, volunteer service organization of persons who have heart disease, their families, caretakers and other interested persons, including healthcare professionals. The organization has been offering the gift of hope to heart patients, their families and caregivers since 1951. Their slogan is, “It’s great to be alive…and to help others!”
From its humble beginnings, Mended Hearts is now one of the nation’s largest and most respected heart patient support organizations with over 18,900 members operating primarily through more than 250 community-based chapters, and over 60 chapter satellites, across the country. Through these chapters, trained and accredited Mended Hearts visitors perform almost 200,000 visits a year to heart patients, their families and caregivers in person, online or by phone.
Since 1951, Mended Hearts has been providing hope to heart patients, their families and caregivers. In 2004, Mended Hearts created the Mended Little Hearts program to assist “the littlest heart patients of all” and their families.
About Mended Little Hearts
Parents with children who have been diagnosed with a heart defect or heart disease need to know that they are not alone, and that there is hope in the midst of their crisis. However, even well-meaning family, friends and compassionate medical staff may not be able to offer them the strength and comfort that they are looking for.
By speaking with a trained parent volunteer whose family has survived this same difficult situation, parents in crisis can work through their overwhelming emotions as they focus on the vital medical decisions at hand.
Through the support system and educational resources of Mended Little Hearts, families will be able to develop an immediate connection and begin to build a sense of hope for the future.
What does Mended Little Hearts Do?
The purpose of the program is to offer hope and encouragement to parents and/or other caregivers of children affected with congenital heart defects/heart diseases. The purpose will be achieved by:
- Offering support to family members and/or other caregivers of children affected with congenital heart defects/heart diseases
- Offering educational/health resources relating to congenital heart defects/heart diseases and well-being.
- Raising awareness in the community about children and congenital heart defects/heart diseases and factors that may contribute to this disease.
- Advocate for issues that help those living with congenital heart defects.