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The Mended Hearts Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Patient & Family Support

Mission: To inspire hope and improve the quality of life of heart patients and their families through on-going peer-to-peer support, education, and advocacy.

Results: Refer to the annual reports on the web site

Target demographics: heart patients of all ages, their families, and their caregivers

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300,000 patients and their familes or caregivers

Geographic areas served: the United States and foreign countries.

Programs: support, education, and advocacy

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've worked with Mended Hearts in various capacities for more than a decade. I've long admired the organization's vision, creativity, and stamina. More than all that though are the people who comprise the organization. They embody hope and courage. If you are looking for someone to lift you up and inspire you, join Mended Hearts. Professionally speaking, I always felt it was a tremendous privilege to work with Mended Hearts. Now it is an honor to be one of them.

Amanda Doyle S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mended Hearts Inc has been a huge part of our family for the past ten years since my son was diagnosed with a Tetralogy of Fallot in 2010. The support we have received over the years has helped us to survive our toughest times and inspired us to pay it forward. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone (family and friends) affected by a Congenital Heart Defect. As my son gets older, this organization continues to help us as he gets older and transition him into understanding and advocating for himself.

nsanchez1483

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Mended Hearts for 9 years now, and I still get so much out of it every day. Not only is it amazing to help others, but Mended Hearts also provides peer to peer support to me. I was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD), and it wasn't until I joined Mended Hearts/Mended Little Hearts that I met other people just like me, and others that understand what I've gone through. I have also learned so much about my own heart, and others. Mended Hearts provides priceless information and resources, along with incredible support for those with every kind of heart disease, throughout the lifespan.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am 37 years old and born with a complex congenital heart defect. Up until 8 years ago, I had never met anyone else who had a heart defect. Since being involved with Mended Little Hearts, I have met so many and made life long friendships. The support and education they provide to families and people affected by congenital heart defects is invaluable!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The ability to have someone listen to you and give you hope is something that cannot be described in words. When you have a visit from someone that has been in your same situation and can help to get you from a dark place, it is a gift. I was the patient, but my wife was also in need to information and support. Mended Hearts give us the positive hope and help we needed at the right time .

scemanriq1351.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a caregiver of a heart patient. Mended Hearts provided my husband the support he needed. We couldn't have completed the recovery without Mended Hearts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband Ron Manriquez suffered a major heart attack at age 52. He is now 68 years young. Mended Hearts has been the lifeline we needed to help us through our journey. He had the family history along with other markers that contributed to his heart disease. I have learned a lot from Mended Hearts which I share with family and friends. I also learned that I was a caregiver at one of the Mended Hearts Symposiums. I was recognized for my role in Ron's recovery and appreciated. I am an active member of Mended Hearts. I am proud to be a member of an organization that provides support and education to its members and most importantly "you feel the love" at all Mended Hearts Meetings.

Ron M.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

After my heart attack, I was called by a Mended hearts visitor. By his persistence as a visitor, I joined Mended Hearts. It helped me at a time that I was struggling with recovery. I have communicated on Mended Hearts to both heart disease patients and others that may have heart disease in their family. I I am always sharing that we are the best peer to peer support group in the country.
I have since made Mended Hearts part of my life. I am currently the President of Mended Hearts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an adult with CHD, I didn’t know if I was ever going to feel seen or heard from my medical care team. Thankfully with the help of Mended Hearts Inc., I can finally advocate for myself and model to other heart warriors how to do so as well!

Catherine L.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a great pleasure to volunteer for Mended Hearts Inc. I joined Mended Little Hearts 7 years ago when my youngest daughter was born and it has been an invaluable resource to our family. The connections you make, the education they offer far exceeded the support I had initially expected.

Marvin K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Mended Hearts 24yers ago.
I needed support and landed up finding a home.
I became an accredited visitor and have been visiting patients for the past 24years.
It was my lifesaver and so glad that I got involved on the local level and the national level on the board of directors.
I live my life as the motto states. "it's great to be alive and to help others".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best organization ever. Has added years to my life

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of The Mended Hearts, Inc. and look forward to serving for many years to come. We are unique as our organization provides peer-to-peer support for heart patients, their families, and caregivers. I believe in our mission and all we do whole heartedly! Learn more about us at www.mendedhearts.org. Everyone has a heart, and we are here for you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Mended Hearts, Inc. is the best peer-to-peer support organization for cardiac patients, families and caregivers. Inspire, educate and advocate.... all important to the well-being of those affected by heart disease, and that is what Mended Hearts does for those in need,

MMay703

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a pleasure to be part of the organization. From the moment I joined as a member, seeking support after my son's prenatal cardiac defect diagnosis, I felt welcomed and seen. Being part of a community of people with similar experiences in having a child with a heart defect is a comfort that not many can understand unless they have been through it. The support I felt was so great that it empowered me to become a better parent to my child, and advocate for all people affected by heart disease. I feel like I can turn to the people within this organization for advice and help when I need it, and also feel that I am able to help people in similar need. I am honored to be part of Board of Directors so that I may give back as much as I have received from Mended Hearts!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Without the people met and relationships formed through this organization, I can't say that I would have made it through my son's open heart surgery. The emotional support they provide is unlike any other. Over the years I have been involved in many organizations, and not one can hold up to MH as far as the connectiveness and want to stay in it. By joining MH/MLH I've been able to "pay it forward" by supporting other families going through our shared experiences.

Tara Lacy T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was born with a severe heart defect and has gone through 3 open heart surgeries and she is only 5 years old. I was lost when I first heard her diagnosis. I am so thankful that Mended Little Hearts was there as a support group to connect me with other heart moms who understood what I was going through. They are a wonderful support organization and also provide great resources and information for parents.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was 6 months post heart transplant when I heard about Mended Hearts while doing my exercises at Cardiac Rehab. I spoke with the head nurse about this program because I felt there should be a support group for heart patients. About a week later I met with the local president and due to unknown circumstances I became president. I have moved and became president at my local Mended Hearts Chapter. I recommend this nonprofit organization for all heart patients and their caregivers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had a heart transplant in 2010. When I recovered and felt able to do things, I came across an ad in the paper about, a program about heart problems. So I went and felt so good to have found this organization. It was what I was looking for. Mended Hearts was to help other patients to get through surgery and courage and help other heart patients, sent I had a new heart and given a second chance in live this was what I needed. I've been with them for 10 years now, been on the board must off them now I'm President of our local Chapter. I love everything about it. It is very rewarding. If you or going through any heart procedures or problems, you need to check us out. We are all volunteers. We've been there, we know what you are going through and understand where you are. We have educational program to keep us informed on new procedures, Doctor talks on new way of doing things, keep us up on nutrition, any thing on new way of doing thing about medical issues. This is what Mended Hearts is all about. ” It's Great to be Alive and Help Other”

John L.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff is really concerned about effective communication. They have doctors and specialists put on great webinars. When possible they have local meetings which I hope will resume this fall. Great organization.

SunyLady F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because of Mended Hearts and a visit while hospitalized for open heart bypass surgery, I found a reason to live. Until that one visit I felt I was doomed to die too young and be unhealthy for whatever time I had left. That visitor took the time to tell me I could live healthy and have a long life after a heart attack and bypass surgery. He told me he had the same thing 27 years before, and he was doing great. I was overcome with shock and then hope and then a will to survive, recover and regain a healthy life. Now I am a member of a local chapter of the Mended Hearts, and I will always be thankful for this organization and its help and encouragement given every day!

John N. F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mended Hearts gives hope to heart patients who have few other places to turn for support. Heart disease is the number one killer in America yet friends and family so often understand little about it or the emotional pain it inflicts on its victims. Mended hearts is heart patients helping other heart patients deal with the trauma and the shock of heart disease.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My story started in 2007 at the age of 72 with open heart surgery which resulted in replacing the mitral valve with a porcine mitral valve. .
Step forward to 2016. Had an irregular heart beat and could not take a blood thinner. A Watchman Device was inserted in me left atrial appendage to close it off.
Forward to 2018. The porcine mitral valve was failing. During the process of determining what could be done to fix this problem I had a blood infection which went to Sepsis.
After overcoming this the Cardiologist placed a Tri Catheter valve in the Porcine Mitral Valve. I am 85 and still walking and talking
In 2008, I became an accredited visitor. I must say this was a great decision. As I always feel better and more positive every time after visiting patients than before going in to visit.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about Mended Hearts in May 2018, three months after my heart attack and emergency quintuple bypass surgery. I almost immediately got very actively involved on the blog, discussing a myriad of issues and concerns voiced by Mended Hearts members, developed nice relationships with a number of my fellow members, people with whom I easily could call my friends, and one particular friendship with someone on the other side of the continent.

It has been a wonderful experience sharing thoughts, feelings, problems, advice and experience with this group of men and women who all have undergone experiences similar to mine.

Thank you, Mended Hearts, for bring me together with my brothers and sisters.

Ira Reid

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After having a heart attack, and being worried, I was introduced to Mended Hearts by a brochure which had been left at the local cardiac rehab site. I contacted the group, attended a meeting, and became involved.
I have become more active, as I was impressed by their mission, and the assistance they provided.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On Nov. 2 2005I had a CABGx2+AVR at the Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. Two days prior to me surgery an MH Volunteer Visited me. When we finished our conversation I was far more relaxed about the procedures. Prior to my discharge, an MHI Visitor came by again. We discussed what to do to sleep comfortably. How to navigate chores around my home. All in all my experience with MI was so very positive. Shortly after discharge, I became an Accredited Visitor. Eventually started Chapter372 in Charlotte NC, and eventually became an ARD in The Mid-Atlantic Region a position I cherish an hold to this day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had triple bypass 12 years ago and daughter was born with birth defect and has had 4 major surgeries. MLH in our area started years after we went through the process but it would have helped only person in our area with similar experience passed away. So the interaction with someone else would have helped. Now I help with MH as a visitor to help others see that heart surgery doesn't mean the end.

Bob S.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Very helpful organization and gave valuable advice and comfort after my heart surgery.

Bonnie Logsdon W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Mended Hearts since 2002. It is truly great to be part of an organization that has this peer to peer support. Meeting people with all types of heart disease that want to learn more about their disease and make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer with Mended Hearts has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Being able to share my experience and knowledge with new heart patients is extremely important in the recovery process. Knowing someone that has been through it and that can show and share their story gives patients confidence, hope, and a positive outlook on their recovery. I feel very fortunate, lucky, and blessed that Mended Hearts has allowed me to be part of their wonderful organization.

Lorie G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the Facebook messages of questions that connect me to others during quarantine. They also have a great magazine with articles to help me stay healthy

1 Daniel F.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very good cause that helps patients and families cope with cardiac issues.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband, a retired fireman, suffered a massive heart attack, had bypass surgery, then 2 sents, along with a couple of heart attacks and tia's. After his death, I realized I had undiagnosed heart issues when I had a heart attack, tia, and a stroke. Subsequently, I have had a Watchman, Loop Recorder and pacemaker implanted. I am so thankful for the support of all of my fellow Mended Hearts folks, as well as the medical professionals who generously give heart-related presentations at our monthly meetings. I am very grateful that I am able to continue my heart-related and Mended Hearts Accredited Visitor training, volunteering, and speaking with other Peace Health Hospital heart patients in ICU, 4th-floor general heart patients, and Cardiac Rehab, as well as phone visiting. Mended Hearts has given me wonderful friends, and has given me hope, confidence, valuable knowledge, and most of all, gratitude for being able to give back by volunteering. Mended Hearts has been my lifeline.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

as a former 5 cabg patient i cannot say enough about this group. one of the best organizations ever invented!

Mary Ellen Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are a wonderful support and information source for anyone that has had a cardiac event at any age. They are also a support/source for a family member or caregiver of a client served.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a great support group for heart related patients. The org. Provides information, through meetings, personal visits , and Speakers. I had quadruple bypass surgery 20 years ago
, so I am able to share my experiences and give hope to fellow heart procedure recipients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with Mended Little Hearts in San Antonio, TX. We had families who came from three different children's hospitals to be part of this support group. Kids enjoyed being together for fun activities and parents expressed gratitude for the opportunity to connect with other families dealing with congenital heart conditions.

mhmarlyn

Board Member

Rating: 5

On Dec. 22, 2007 out home caught on fire, while the fire was been fought I had a heart attack an was taken to the hospital. Surgery was scheduled for Dec. 26th. On Christmas day a Mended Hearts accredited visitor came in the visit and encourage me, they also came back to see me while I was recovering on the heart floor. The fact that someone who did not know me care enough to take time to visit and encourage me had a very positive effect on me. The knowledge that I have received for health care professionals presenting at the monthly Mended Hearts local meeting has help me become educated and active in my health care deacons. My life is better because both the medical care I got and the support I received from Mended Hearts. As the Mended Hearts moto says "it is great to be alive and to help others". Is it time for all of us to help each other? I think so!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was about to have open heart surgery, on the 26th of December, a Mended Hearts member came to see me on Christmas day. What a relief! Someone who had been there, done that was standing before me. I know I could recover just as well! Since that day in 2007 the Mended Hearts events have educated me on heart decease as well as procedures to help with the problem. Mended Hearts members have encouraged me and cheered me on to a healthier life style. The greatest gift was the inspiration their envolvment gave me to become a volunteer and give back. My life is richer because of Mended Hearts!! " It is great to be alive and to help others"

Client Served

Rating: 5

THANKS to everyone who keeps the Mended Hearts online support community going! Heart surgery, as my cardiologist says "is a BIG operation". Thanks to heart surgery survivors who post supportive comments, I was able to go through with my second heart operation. Thanks to the web n r presenters, I know much more about cardiac medicines (statins and beta blockers) and how to better face my heart disease (coronary artery or CAD). THANK YOU again and again Mended Hearts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pillow
By
Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow
Published in My Gift of Now
It all happened so fast. My husband Richard Aleskow went for a check-up with a new internist. This very astute and caring doctor took the time to check my husband’s new EKG with the one my husband took the year before which had been in his records. He took the time. He told Richard that he saw a slight change and wanted to check it out. An echo stress test was scheduled. The doctor called that afternoon and told us Richard must have an angiogram. The results of that procedure indicated that bypass surgery was required. Just like that! The surgeon told us that Richard was the type of man he worried about because he had no symptoms. He said that one day he could have been exercising or walking down the street and it would have suddenly been all over. The bypass surgery was scheduled for November 15th, 2006. That was the most frightening day of my life. My husband was the picture of health as I kissed him good luck and they rolled him into surgery. The next time I saw him in the ICU was a very different scenario. Anyone who has seen a loved one after bypass will understand. I do not think there was one area of his body that did not have tubes in it. He was swollen from the surgery. But he had come through it. He needed a quadruple bypass. The next days in Intensive Care were agonizing. The patient has one reality of suffering and his loved one has another. Watching my husband go through the suffering of this entire ordeal ripped me apart as well. When he was transferred to the cardiac floor, I remained with him in the hospital for the remainder of his stay. I slept on a window seat, which doubled as a so-called bed for relatives who wanted to stay overnight. I was determined that I would not walk out the door of that hospital without my husband at my side. One day a volunteer walked in holding a large red pillow that was shaped as a heart. The wording on the pillow said “Mended Hearts” with a picture of a heart with a jagged line running through it. This organization was made up of men and women who had gone through bypass surgery. It was necessary for a patient to hold a pillow when coughing in order to control the pain. When we came home from the hospital days before my husband’s birthday, I told him that I wanted to have a few family and friends over for a short time to share his birthday cake. He got tired very easily and I wanted him to be comfortable. He sat there that night holding his mended hearts pillow close to his chest to help with the pain. Months later when Richard was in Rehab and doing quite well, I asked him if he would mind my putting the red pillow away because it did not go with the colors of our den. He looked at me for what seemed a long time and answered that although the color was not coordinated with our decor, that pillow reminded him of what he went through and survived. I never mentioned removing it again. A year later, Richard got an excellent health check-up report from his cardiologist. What a different day that was a year later. To say that I am grateful to that internist, is the understatement of my lifetime.
Years later Richard decided he wanted to give back to the organization that helped him. He volunteered for the Mended Hearts Program and took the training. He visited cardiac patients at the same hospital he had been in and distributed to them the special pillows while visiting them in their rooms.
The red pillow sits prominently on our couch as a reminder of our infinite good luck and Richard’s determination to live positively, stay well and give back to others.



















Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We've enjoyed partnering with Mended Heart in both health education and advocacy efforts to help older adults understand the importance of early detection and intervention in atrial fibrillation and heart valve disease. They are an awesome organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a triple by pass 22 yrs ago.During my hospital
stay I was visited by a Mended Hearts member who
introduced me to the organization.
After my release from the hospital I joined the local
chapter and ultimately became an accredited visitor.
The mission of Mended Hearts is extremely important.
There is a great need for the interaction of Heart patients and survivors

1 ARVoss

Board Member

Rating: 5

Though outstanding peer-to-peer support, Mended Hearts volunteers prepared me for life after my heart event and stroke. I was able to prepare for the changes that would come, and understand why medicine adherence was so important. Great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mended Hearts is an outstanding peer-to-peer support organization and network for heart patients, their families, and their caregivers. The volunteers and members of Mended Hearts inspire hope and help to improve the quality of life of heart patients and their families through on-going peer-to-peer support, education, and advocacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Organization has helped me help other heart patients. It has given me the tools to further help my heart.

Lance Cory F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After my valve replacement surgery I was getting conflicing information. The Palm Springs area Mended Hearts Chapter helped me get answers by affording me the opportunity to network with other survivors and listen to expert speakers. - Lance Frank, Realtor 760-610-9282 Broker Lic# 01785371

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a parent of a child with.a complex congenital heart defect, I am forever grateful for what Mended Little Hearts has provided to our family. We are members of our local chapter and participate in various volunteer activities such as the Heart Walk and the Hospital Visitor Program. We also attend the conferences throughout the US and have found them extremely educational. We participate in the webinars as well. We have come to rely on this great organization so much and appreciate all that you do!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Provides support and links to others going through the same thing. Makes you feel like you’re not alone.

Donna Grant H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mended Hearts was and is a great source of comfort during my time of need and throughout the passing years.

lindakm1951

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had my first surgery in May 2003. I received a bi-ventricular pacemaker/defibrillator. The technology was less that 5 years old. There was no Mended Hearts in our area. When the chapter was established in 2008, I was already on my 3rd device. I was taking care of my fiance, who had metastatic melanoma. When he died, I was totally lost and very depressed. I attended one meeting, met some of the other members, and the rest is history. Mended Hearts literally saved my life. I became very active as a visitor, knowing what it was like to not have someone to talk to about what was about to happen to them. Just like what happened to me when I received my first device. I encourage others to become involved in Mended Hearts. It a very worthwhile organization for heart patients and their caregivers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Our local chapter was started in May 2008. At the time, I was taking care of my fiance' who had metastatic melanoma. After he died and I mourned over the winter, I was at loose ends and was depressed.
I had had a bi-ventricular pacemaker/defibrillator implanted in 2003 and a replacements in 2005 and 2008, I attended my 1st local support group in May 2009 and decided I wanted to try my hand at being an accredited visitor. I also started assisting with the chapter newsletter. Now I am the newsletter editor and still enjoy it,
When I started visiting patients, it was like I had "found my calling". I really liked talking and connecting with the heart patients. It, literally, saved my sanity and my life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve been a member of Mended Hearts Atlanta and Orlando for over 5 years and simply love this organization and the wonderful people I’ve known over the years. The national and state chapter leaderships bring so much value to its members and surrounding communities with education programs, support, compassion and inclusion. When I was first diagnosed with T2D and CAD, Mended Hearts members embraced me and helped me learn about managing my conditions by including me in education programs with physicians and nurses, nutrition and fitness experts and help with medication management. Mended Hearts is like family. Thank you Mended Hearts for helping me to be able to help others improve their cardiovascular health. You are a necessary community partner for patients living with cardiovascular disease.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I didn't get to hear hear about Mended Hearts till after my second CABG so contrasted the two recoveries the second I recovered mentally so much better. My experiences with this group always have been uplifting.

Board Member

Rating: 5

While I have been blessed not to have needed surgery I have family members who have as well as a family who have a history of heart diseases for that reason I'm involved with Mended Heart because they have a wealth of heart information that is helpful and priceless to everyone who comes in contact with Mended Hearts organization. I would recommend Mended Hearts to anyone I meet , proud to be a member

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mended Hearts is an non-profit organization that highly benefits everyone with Heart Disease. We provide education of new heart procedures, new medications but most of all we provide Mended Heart visitors who visit heart patients in the hospital to guide them through the recovery stage. Heart patients in the hospital need peer to peer support to get through their recovery and to put their family at ease. Mended Hearts makes a huge difference during our hospital visits and follow up phone calls.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On a day in a hospital bed after a heart bypass surgery, when I had no visitor, Mended Hearts sent me one to cheer me up. He was a kind soul who shared with me his own story of heart disease, surgery, recovery and how he had been encouraged by a Mended Hearts volunteer. It made me feel less alone that day, and strengthened my hope to return to my world as a whole person. The experience compelled me to become a visiting volunteer myself.Thanks Mended Hearts.

G Bruce N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was asked to join Mended Hearts by a friend after heart survey. I quickly learned how great an organization this was for support for myself. I met people who had heart procedures and were living a great life. Since that time, I have been helping others find Mended Hearts could help them. I am president of my local chapter and my caregiver (wife) is the secretary. Together we have been spreading the word about Mended Hearts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mended Little Hearts has helped me connect with others who are travelling similar paths with their children's congenital heart defects - and it is not an easy road to travel. Having others who understand the challenges and with whom I can celebrate our children means so much. I also appreciate the opportunity to give back to our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a part of the Mended Little Hearts group (part of Mended Hearts) and they have been instrumental in my healing process. To have a support group like this is key in getting families the help they need. Without them I would not be coping as well as I am today. This group means the world to me and I hope it can continue to help others in the way it has helped me.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very grateful for Mended Hearts. I wish I had found them earlier on in my journey, they might have saved me many tears. I have met some wonderfully supportive people that are walking the same journey if not even more challenging then me. I have learned through others that it is possible to overcome and get used to my "new normal". Having a supportive network of others and opportunities to learn more about my condition is healing in itself. Thank you to those volunteers and all who make this possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My two girls were born with congenital heart conditions. We felt blessed to have a great hospital and people to help us through. After that, I became a mended hearts volunteer. This is a wonderful and well needed organization that helps many in tough times.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is a valuable resource for new parents of a Heart Warrior baby. They provide resources and comfort and networking events so the families do not feel like they are going through life alone. From in the ICU to Ronald McDonald House or Facebook, emails however they connect to Mended Little Hearts they are instantly welcomed with knowledgeable other moms. We have been on local TV talking about MLH and local Awareness Days at Baseball Games spreading MLH in the community. Heart Moms need MLH!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the parent of a child with a complex congenital heart defect, MH/MLH has helped me find hope for my daughter's future and not feel alone in this journey as the parent of a medically complex child. The advice, understanding and support I have received as a result of both Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts is invaluable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been a member of Mended Hearts since 2015. That was the year Arthur had his open heart surgery. Since then the organization has been a significant part of our lives. He learned so much from the meetings. Now Arthur is a visitor. He visits the heart patients at Sharp Hospital to give them support after their life changing event. I, as a supporter, learned many things that helped me understand what to do to help Art in his recovery. Mended Hearts has added so much to our lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I had my triple bypass I had no support system.Going to rehab helped but I needed more. Two years later I found MENDED Heart, for me it was a lifesaver. I could not only get my concerns answered I could get it from people that had undergone the same process. It didn’t take for me to become a certified Hospital visitor and I was on my way. I not only had a group to share my experience with I also had a source for feedback. The biggest surprise was that in visiting patients in the hospital it was much more rewarding than I had ever imagined. Yes,Mended Hearts was a real Lifesaver, it put me onto a much Healthier and Happier lifestyle.

1 Lee S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I h ad open heart surgery three years ago and was visited by Mended Hearts in my hospital room during recovery. They stressed the need for Cardiac Rehab during my recovery at home and told me about their monthly meetings where I could learn more about the developments in treating heart disease and what I should know about the disease going forward in my life. I am now 82 years young and a Mended Hearts Certified Visitor myself, calling on patients (all types) at my local hospital once a week. I still go to Cardiac Rehab for exercise 2-3 times a week and feel better than I did at 65. Thank you, Mended Hearts for showing me the way to live well and enjoy the rest of my life!!! Lee S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps so many! I've seen so many people inspired and given hope through the efforts of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Mended Hearts in June of 1997 after recuperating from heart surgery.
I was looking for a support group the would assist me in the recovery from cardiac-related depression.
I had support at home but needed to take the next step.
Mended Hearts is the home that I found.
The members of the chapter then v=became a part of my extended family.
Twelve years later I moved to another state and
I experienced another open-heart surgery and there was another chapter and now I have a larger extended family.
I started to give back to patients as an accredited visitor and became active on the local, regional and national level of the organization.
I live the motto of Mended Hearts.
" It's Great to Be Alive and to Help Others"
Marvin Keyser, Weston, FL
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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Mended Hearts over 20 years ago.
As a survivor of 4 heart attacks and open heart surgery. I needed support.
Ten years ago I underwent a second open heart and the support was still there.
I have also had 2 operations due to perifial artery disease and also had a pacemaker/defibrillator placed 3 years ago.
The support is still there.
Great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In December of 1997 I had open heart surgery. I was visited by a Mended Hearts visitor named Marvin who gave my wife and I hope that life with our two children then 10 and 12 would go on normally. He invited me to join Mended Hearts and become a visitor. This organization has allowed me to lead a full and normal life not thinking about Heart disease. I have been elected Northeast Regional Director and serve on the national board of directors. I really understand the motto of the organization "It is great to be alive and help other" Great find for me.

Bob Hoffman

Mike W.10

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Mended Hearts, Inc is a wonderful organization with great people. I have been a member for over 17 years. I joined shortly after my 4 way bypass surgery. We visit patients in the hospital who have had a cardiac event. We guide them through their recovery process. We also have monthly support group meetings with great speakers to help others. I encourage others to give us a try.