Our special team of Heart Partners are young survivors who understand what it’s like to navigate a heart experience and are willing to help support others dealing with theirs.
A Heart Partner is connected with a peer who may be struggling with their diagnosis or chronic heart condition and makes time to talk with them about how they’re doing. These youth may have been forced to make lifestyle changes that have impacted their school experience, team activity or relationships. They may be sad, mad or scared about what happens next. Heart Partners are compassionate and encouraging. They are good listeners but are also willing to share their own story of survival.
It might be a one-time conversation, or it might be an ongoing dialogue. Maybe you’ll text or call or message each other. You might connect at different events, like a heart screening or support group or conference. Whatever evolves, these youth will know that someone gets it.
Don’t worry—it’s not about therapy, or giving medical advice, or being on call 24/7. It’s simply connecting with someone who has walked in your shoes and is now willing to spend a little time walking with you on your journey.