Mission: Our mission is: (1)to meet the needs of parents and families of CHD children, as well as the children and adults with CHD, by providing support and information. (2)to raise awareness in order to reach other families, and to encourage the community to be more understanding of the needs of those with CHD. (3)to raise funds that will increase parent and patient comfort and support at Children's Hospital in Omaha, NE and other hospitals where CHD children are treated. (4)to raise funds for pediatric cardiology research so that more children with heart defects will survive, live longer, and lead an improved quality of life.
Results: -Midwest Heart Connection has raised nearly $500,000 in last 10 years to support those affected by CHD
-Provided over 1,500 surgery day care kits to families in the hospital facing surgery
-Sent nearly 150 kids to a summer camp exclusively for kids with CHD
Target demographics: those affected by congenital heart disease (CHD) in the midwest
Geographic areas served: Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota
Programs: Surgery day care kits, free meals to families in the hospital, Camp Braveheart of Nebraska, support gathering for those affect by CHD, research funds in pediatric cardiology
A colleague of mine has a daughter with a congenital heart problem. She tells us about all the wonderful things that the organization does for heart patients, like free photography and meals, along with raising money for the cause. I am also from a family that has hereditary heart problems, so am extremely appreciative of all the hard work they do.
Midwest Heart Connection has been a part of my family for the past 20 months. We joined as soon as my daughter, then 1 month old, was diagnosed with chd. Our first experience with them were the inpatient dinners at Children's and the care kits. Our most recent experience was with Hearts of Hope. The support that MHC provides is invaluable.
Midwest Heart Connection has been a great help to my family when we were at our worst. They provide great support to CHD families and offer many ways to get in touch with other families that know what you ore going through.
I have had a wonderful experience being a part of Midwest Heart Connection. Their care kits and family functions helped my family through a very difficult time. I have met another wonderful family through Midwest Heart Connection that we have bonded with and became great friends. Our kids just love each other and can't wait to see each other again. Being on the Board has also helped me give back to other families and to reach out to others.
Midwest Heart Connection allows families with CHD to connect with each other. MHC supports the families and children that is not otherwise provided in the area. They also support continuing education for nurses and providers and also give toward CHD research
This charity Throughout the year we provide monthly inpatient meals, "wish lists" and professional photography sessions for children going through transplant, monthly play-dates, and care kits for cardiology patients who are having a procedure or surgery. They also raise money to help fund research for congenital heart defects as well. They also funded the Heart Station at Children's Hospital and Medical Center.
Midwest Heart Connection has allowed our family to connect with other families affected by congenital heart disease through special events, one-on-one conversations, and online support and resources. They have made us believe we are not alone in our CHD journey.