Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org Giving Hope to Hearts Everywhere Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:03:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Thank you from Harboring Heartshttp://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/09/thank-you-from-harboring-hearts/ http://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/09/thank-you-from-harboring-hearts/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:35:33 +0000 Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org/?p=2560 newsletterbanner




On June 23rd at the Rubin Museum of Art, we were pleased to honor distinguished heart health advocates Mr. Roger Altman, Dr. Lee Goldman, Mr. Michael Kutcher, and Dr. Christine Walsh. Each of our honorees shared their inspirational stories, as did our dear friend, Mr. Daquain Jenkins, a heart transplant recipient involved in Harboring Hearts’ Emergency Program.

Watch the 2 minute video of Daquain’s story here.

Your generosity at this year’s Summer Soiree allows us to continue providing vital support for patients and their families during treatment, so they can focus on health and healing. It all came together thanks to our amazing co-chairs, host committee, sponsors, entertainers, volunteers, and more than 275 supporters who enjoyed an unforgettable evening of live music, cocktails, food and heart warming stories.

Click here to view Summer Soiree photos and here to see the #HHsoiree14 story.

Thank you for being a part of #TeamHH, and for helping us strengthen our community of hope and healing for heart patients and families.


Top Left: Soiree Honorees Roger Altman, Dr. Christine Walsh, Dr. Lee Goldman, & Michael Kutcher
Top Right: Speaker Daquain Jenkins
Bottom Left: Evelyn Vargas, Izabella Salche, Brianna Salche
Bottom Middle: DJs Timo Weiland & Alan Eckstein
Bottom Right: Taye Diggs, Mick Rock
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Fall Community Eventhttp://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/09/2607/ http://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/09/2607/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:13:57 +0000 Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org/?p=2607 Fall Community EventHarboring Hearts is excited to partner with Blackstone at our upcoming community event at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. We invite pediatric heart patients and their families to join us for an afternoon of fun and games!


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CNN Hero: Michelle Javianhttp://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/05/cnn-hero-michelle-javian/ http://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/05/cnn-hero-michelle-javian/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 16:05:34 +0000 Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org/?p=2529 Harboring Hearts co-founder Michelle Javian has been selected as one of this year’s CNN Heroes, which highlights everyday people changing the world.

The Gambinis, Gomez’s and Daquain Jenkins — families and individuals involved in Harboring Hearts’ Emergency Support Program — were filmed while undergoing heart treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Harboring Hearts is honored to be featured alongside the brave and inspiring families we have had the pleasure of working with. We are thrilled to announce that the Gambinis and Daquain Jenkins — among other families — will be special guests at Harboring Hearts’ June 23rd Summer Soiree at the Rubin Museum of Art.

We hope to continue the momentum of providing relief, community, and a sense of normalcy for those who find themselves in a sudden medical crisis. Get involved and help us make a bigger impact by purchasing a Summer Soirée ticket or making a donation today.

Learn more about Michelle’s story and Harboring Hearts by reading CNN Heroes’ A lifeline for families hit by heart disease.

For behind the scene pictures, follow @HarboringHearts on instagram and twitter and be sure to like us on facebook!

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We’re Having a Summer Soirée!http://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/04/summer-soiree/ http://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/04/summer-soiree/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:12:43 +0000 Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org/?p=2458 Summer Soiree Save the Date

Join us for our second annual Summer Soirée at the Rubin Museum of Art on Monday, June 23rd, 2014. We are pleased to honor Roger Altman, Dr. Lee Goldman, Michael Kutcher, and Dr. Christine Walsh.

Purchase tickets here

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Valentine's Reunion Party 2014


Harboring Hearts staff, interns, and volunteers had their hands full, managing a buffet catered by Pret A MangerKIND and GoGo squeeZ, which fed over 450 party-goers!


Valentine's Reunion Party 2014


The heart health community had a blast as children posed with their families and doctors at the photo booth. While some children flaunted their moves on the dance floor, others waited in excitement for a chance to greet special guest Miss Teen USA.


Valentine's Reunion Party 2014


From making heart healthy trail mixes to decorating piggy-banks and creating sand art, families left Mount Sinai with Harboring Hearts’ tote bags brimming with healthy treats and hand-made crafts.


Valentine's Reunion Party 2014


As with every community event, the Harboring Hearts team came away further inspired through meeting the many great patients and families who attended. For more pictures from the event, check out our photo album. Be sure to like Harboring Hearts on Facebook and follow our Twitter to stay in the loop about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!

Special thanks to Sunny Norton for capturing great photographs of this exciting day!

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Recap: Montefiore Heart Partyhttp://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/02/recap-montefiore-heart-party/ http://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/02/recap-montefiore-heart-party/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:43:51 +0000 Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org/?p=2412 Harboring Hearts brought 50 patients and caregivers together for an exciting afternoon of games, dancing, crafts, and face-painting at the Montefiore Heart Party on February 12th, 2014. Harboring Hearts staff were joined by an enthusiastic team of volunteers –including special guests, Jay G from “The Real World: Ex-Plosion” and Chris Scali from ”MTV’s Are You the One”. Our pediatric heart patients had a blast at our party as they took to the dance floor, mingled with our celebrity guests, and refueled with delicious heart healthy snacks provided by KIND and GoGo squeeZ.

For more details and pictures from our event, check out our photo album over at our Facebook page. And keep on the lookout for other great Community Events to sign up for in the future!


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Harboring Hearts Charity Ride Recaphttp://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/01/harboring-hearts-charity-ride-recap/ http://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/01/harboring-hearts-charity-ride-recap/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:07:43 +0000 Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org/?p=2397

Thank you for working out and sweating with me at the Charity Ride to benefit Harboring Hearts this past Sunday, January 26th!  With your support, we raised nearly $2,000!  Harboring Hearts and I are truly grateful.

The funds raised through these types of events support Harboring Hearts’ initiatives to provide emotional and financial support to vulnerable heart patients and their families in dire need of our assistance.  As I briefly mentioned at the event, we are providing a need not being met by other organizations.  Our goal for 2014 is to increase our impact within the NYC cardiac community.  We will accomplish this, with the help of your donations, by increasing our community reach through hospital events and fully utilizing our Emergency Fund Program.

If you are interested in making a donation to Harboring Hearts, please visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/harboringhearts or contact us at info@harboringhearts.org

By the way, check out some awesome pics from our event here at our Facebook page!

Yuki Kotani
Harboring Hearts Co-Founder


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Harboring Hearts Cycles for Charity with Crank Cycling Studiohttp://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/01/harboring-hearts-cycles-for-charity-with-crank-cycling-studio/ http://www.harboringhearts.org/2014/01/harboring-hearts-cycles-for-charity-with-crank-cycling-studio/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org/?p=2385 Gear up for Heart Month by spinning your heart into shape with Harboring Hearts at Crank Cycling Studio on January 26th. 100% of proceeds will benefit Harboring Hearts <3 Be sure to purchase your ticket today to reserve your bike! ALL participants will receive a FREE Harboring Hearts water bottle for the event <3

Also, if you buy the Early Bird ticket, you will receive a t-shirt to wear during class!

For Early Birds: email yuki.kotani@harboringhearts.org with your t-shirt size

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You Shop. Amazon gives to Harboring Hearts.http://www.harboringhearts.org/2013/12/you-shop-amazon-gives-to-harboring-hearts/ http://www.harboringhearts.org/2013/12/you-shop-amazon-gives-to-harboring-hearts/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:00:55 +0000 Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org/?p=2374
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Be #KIND: Vote for Harboring Hearts!http://www.harboringhearts.org/2013/12/be-kind-vote-for-harboring-hearts/ http://www.harboringhearts.org/2013/12/be-kind-vote-for-harboring-hearts/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:34:44 +0000 Harboring Hearts http://www.harboringhearts.org/?p=2366


This month vote your heart out for Harboring Hearts! We are currently in the running to receive $10,000 from KIND Healthy Snacks that will go towards our Community Program for adult and pediatric heart patients and their families and caregivers.

To date, our Community Program has benefited more than 1,500 patients and their families, offering essential respite from daily medical routines. Should we win, we will launch a new component in the Community Program aimed at enhancing the long-term health of participants. This may include: health education, integrative therapy for adult patients and caregivers, or sessions on healthy eating and food preparation with a dietician.

Voting is easy and just requires one click at http://projects.kindsnacks.com/project/harboring-hearts to make a difference in the lives of heart patients around NYC! Voting will continue now through December 31st, so be sure to cast your vote and spread the word out to friends and family, too! ❤
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