His Heart Beats Provides Support to Families of Critically Ill Children
May 29, 2019 11:00AM
By Emily Miranda
Story by Emily J. Miranda
FOR A TECHNICIAN to suddenly leave the room, in the midst of performing an ultrasound, was more than cause for concern. Joy, excitement, happy tears – these might be what most expecting mothers anticipate at their 20-week ultrasound appointment. Yet not every mother-to-be shares in such bliss, as Tamara Trevino and her husband soon discovered.
A doctor returned with news that their unborn baby would require surgery at birth due to a congenital heart defect. Trevino delivered baby Mekai six weeks early by C-section, having to witness her child battle a critical illness as he underwent two major heart surgeries.
During this time, Trevino’s family grew dependent on the Valley Children’s Hospital for procedures, check-ups and support. It was in this season of pain where Trevino found herself connecting with fellow parents and families of sick children, anchoring and encouraging her to push through the worst of days. It was when Trevino met another mother of a child with a congenital heart defect, with whom she could easily connect and share similar frustrations, worries and loneliness, that the first concept for His Heart Beats took place. There was a purpose in all of this pain, and from this partnership a vision was born. Her son’s miraculous survival story was just the beginning.
His Heart Beats was soon established in December 2015. Its mission has since been to provide a community of relief, encouragement and support to hospitals and families of critically ill children. To accomplish this, they provide opportunities such as food and toy drives, meal services and fundraisers to allow people to take part in helping sick children and their families.
One of their most popular fundraiser methods is handing out Heart Jars – empty jars given to friends, family and local businesses to fill with spare change. When filled, the jars are returned to His Heart Beats and the change is used to create Heart Bags for families of children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Valley Children’s Hospital. These include reminders of hope and encouragement as well as gift cards for fuel, coffee or food.
The organization hopes to spread awareness about the progression of chronic childhood illnesses and those affected by it in order to inspire communities to rally support for the families of such children. The results are promising, as they have gained more than 200 people joining together to serve families in local hospitals. •
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