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Hayden’s Heart Monthly Beat- MARCH



Hayden’s Heart Monthly Beat

MARCH

Hayden’s Heart 5th Annual 5K

Saturday March 18th

We will be celebrating Hayden’s 5th Birthday in SUPERHERO style! Please join us and come dressed as your favorite superhero – or bring your own superhero squad!

This event is family and pet friendly – with face painting, arts and crafts, and a Fun Bus for the kids, as well as food trucks, grilled goodies, and a special birthday tribute to Hayden with bubbles, cupcakes and balloons!

Participants can walk, run or stroll in the 5K – and kids 12 and under are FREE and eligible for the kids Fun Run starting at 10:30am.

First 100 to cross the 5K finish line will receive a medal for their achievements!

Register using the link below:

https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10556/haydens-heart-5th-annual-5k

Some sponsorship options and team discount rates still available- please email rob.dorsett@haydensheart.org for more information!

Hayden’s Favorite Things Care Packages

Every March for the past 5 years, we have delivered ‘Hayden’s Favorite Things’ to Pediatric cardiac hospitals on the east coast. This year we are beyond grateful to have gotten ALL items donated for these packages!! THANK YOU to the following companies for making these very generous and much appreciated donations. 

We are also thrilled to once again have our local girl scouts troops #95952 + #97108 from North Arlington, NJ help us compile the bags for these special warriors! 

Because of the generosity of these companies and the volunteer efforts of the girl scouts, we will be sending 75 care packages out to 5 difference east coast hospitals! (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Columbia New York Presbyterian, Boston Children’s, and Geisinger Medical Center)

#singyourheartoutforhayden

MANY THANKS to all who participated in our 2017 challenge for Heart Month!! #singyourheartoutforhayden was a blast!! We loved watching your videos throughout the month all over Instagram and Facebook!

Spreading awareness for Hayden’s Heart and Congenital Heart Defects is a large part of our mission and we loved having you play a part in that branch this month- in such a cheerful and upbeat way!

If you missed the challenge, you can view some of the videos on our Facebook page, and contributions towards helping us support families affected by CHD are always welcome and appreciated!

Hayden’s Holiday

37 families from across the country submitted applications for our first year of offering bereaved heart families a ‘Hayden’s Holiday’. We received applications from as far away as the UK, Hawaii, South Dakota, Mississippi and Wisconsin; not to mention the number of applicants we had from up and down the East coast. To help us organize all of our applicants and choose winners fairly, we used a random number generator to select the 6 recipients of the first Hayden’s Holiday grants.

Three of the recipients of our Hayden’s Holiday grants lost their only child to CHD. Two of these couples are avid outdoorsmen and would like to go camping and hiking, while the other couple is self-described foodies, looking to explore a new town. Another one of our selected families has two children (one being the 11 month old twin of their heart angel) and also love to explore the outdoors, stating that both of their children, “love anything water related.” We look forward to helping these Indiana boys splash around in the ocean! Our winner from the Southeast region had a straightforward request on behalf of their three year old – “anything Disney related please!”

Over the next few months, our team will put together extraordinary getaways for our recipients. Later this year, we hope to be able to share with all of you some of the families’ experiences (and maybe even a photo or two!) from their Hayden’s Holiday family getaways!

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