How We Help 

How We Help

Hearts for Emma has elected to support select projects for the pediatric cardiac care ICU unit at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. We believe that by providing bedside giving in the hospital, we can enable families to take care of their child and themselves while in crisis. Select projects are:

  • Emma’s Closet, which Emma set up in March of 2012, & continues to supply, either by “ toiletry collection events” or purchasing items to enable families who arrive at the hospital without any personal items or who have had children admitted for extended stays to have the necessities to take care of themselves.
  • Providing meal cards to area food establishments for families whose children are admitted for extended stays at the hospital, as well for patients who are (finally) allowed to eat non-hospital provided meals.
  • Catered breakfasts to the families and staff of the pediatric ICU cardiac floor. By providing breakfast, families can stay bedside, where they want to be, and not have to leave the building to purchase food. We feel it is important for these families to know that “we” understand, and they are not alone in dealing with their crisis. And for the medical staff, what better way to say thank you than to provide a delicious breakfast in the ICU?
  • Snack times of cookies and coffee for a “pick me up” during the long long days of hospital stays.

Hearts for Emma has also made education a priority for funding. In June 2015, we created a Partner Fund within New Jersey Sharing Network Foundation. Our partner fund goal is to support the High School Hero Act of NJ, which mandates each driver’s education class to teach about the importance of organ and tissue donation. Emma has collaborated with the NJ Sharing Network to share her own heart transplant journey and to narrate an 8-minute video “YOU HAVE THE POWER TO SAVE LIVES” as well as coauthored a companion brochure to be distributed to 25,000 high school students. The video and brochure each focuses on what a recipient’s life “looks like” & highlights the need for organ and tissue registration; urges the viewer and reader to have a conversation with their family about their wishes, prior to turning 18 years old and when they do turn 18 years old, how important it is for them to legally register to become an organ and tissue donor either online or at the DMV.

At NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, we provide yearly funding for:

  • The Hearts for Emma Lecture at the Critical Care in Cardiac Advancement Conference. We believe that by supporting medical education, our children will reap the benefits from their cardiac team when the team is able to stay current/learn about the newest critical care practices in cardiology available.
  • The Hearts for Emma Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship has been awarded for the first time to be used in the calendar year 2016 for a nurse practitioner or registered nurse to further their education in the specialty of pediatric cardiology.

Hearts for Emma have several other worthy projects underway to benefit families of children who receive treatment on the unit, as well as expanding our educational initiatives. We will continue to provide updates on our blog.