What We Do
Serving families impacted by CHD every step of the way.
The Big Heart Fund provides a monthly meal and a monthly Heart Family Support Group for the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The monthly dinners are an opportunity to provide a free, hot meal to the parents, siblings, and caregivers of the patients in the Units. We host monthly Heart Family Support Groups to help develop community among CHD families by sharing a meal and providing a little reprieve during their stay. Sign up here or complete the volunteer form at the button below.
During prolonged hospital stays, finding comfort can be difficult for families with young patients and their siblings. The Big Heart Fund regularly purchases toys, books, developmental items, and stocks the toiletry cart in the CVICU to bring a little joy to families during their stay. Click here to view our Amazon Wish List.
In addition to providing much needed items to all heart families, the Big Heart Fund established the Heart Transplant Support Program to meet the unique needs of transplant families. In memory of Kellen and his spirit of resilience, the Big Heart Fund has partnered with Heart Heroes™ and Cause-Play Memphis to honor our heart transplant heroes by providing a free, personalized superhero cape to each heart transplant recipient. Additionally, each heart transplant patient receives a care bag with necessities upon discharge to assist with the transition back home.
Often times, pediatric CHD patients are hospitalized for extended periods of time and families may require additional financial support. The Big Heart Fund provides VISA gift cards and financial grants to families through the CVICU to assist with medical and living expenses.