About Us

Who are Heart Heroes?

Heart Hero Baby

A Heart Hero is a child with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD).  The CHD can be detected at birth, later in life or even prior to birth.  Heart Heroes may need one surgery to correct the defect, or may need routine complex medical procedures throughout their life in order to maintain their heart health.

Heart Heroes have exceptional strength because of their CHD.  They show great courage which has carried them through life-saving operations, countless doctors’ appointments, pokes, prods and hospital stays. Thus, Heart Heroes have been empowered with a superhero cape to help sustain their incredible bravery.

Read some of our Heart Heroes’ stories on our Blog.

 

What is Heart Heroes, Inc.?

  • Heart Heroes, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Our mission is to provide support to children and families affected by Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) through the distribution of superhero capes, programs to offer hope and funding for CHD research.  
  • To date, Heart Heroes, Inc. has provided thousands of capes to children with CHD worldwide.
  • On average, we receive about 100 capes requests a week via the Request a Cape link on our website.
  • We have shipped capes to CHD children in all 50 states in the United States plus over 40 countries outside the U.S.
  • We have a partnership with the Corazón de Niñ@ to provide superhero capes to children with CHD in Mexico.
  • Heart Heroes provides capes to the children of the Novick Cardiac Alliance.

Download the Heart Heroes Brochure

Download the Heart Heroes Media Packet

Download the Heart Heroes Fact Sheet

 

Our Story

In 2009, moms of children battling CHD wanted to empower their children throughout their CHD journey. They learned by wrapping their child in the simple idea of a superhero cape, their children felt invincible while visiting their cardiologists. In many cases, the children found comfort in their cape amidst a crowd of medical professionals, especially if they couldn’t have the comfort of their parents’ arms during some procedures.

They found the “superpower” their children gained through the cape is something that should be shared with all CHD children. Heart Heroes was created with the hope that all children will feel these superpowers – and that their parents will be comforted knowing that the arms that always protect them can momentarily be substituted with the superpowers of the Heart Hero cape.

 

Our Team

Kitty Burton
Executive Director, Co-Founder

kitty@heartheroes.org

 

Sondra Dubas
Co-Founder

sondra@heartheroes.org

 

Margaret Keller
National Program Director, Superhero Heart Run

margaret@heartheroes.org

 

Kristi Unick
Marketing & Development Director

kristi@heartheroes.org