Heart Within A Heart Caring™
Providing assistance to patients and families incurring the costs and time commitment associated with treatment of congenital heart defects.
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Quilt to Care
Sharing a love of quilts with congenital heart defect infants, children, and adults.
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Expanding the Medical World™
Supporting the advancement of patient and medical professional knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects.
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Heartfelt Dreams Heroes
Sharing heartfelt patient experiences living with congenital heart defects – our heroes
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Heartfelt Dreams Foundation

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation was established based upon the inspiration of its founder, Eric Ankerud, and his wife Lori, who is one of the very early patients to survive childhood open heart surgery for a complex congenital heart defect. She has thrived living with this condition through adulthood major heart reconstructive surgery. We hope that through the sharing of her inspirational story and the stories of others, Heartfelt Dreams Foundation will make a difference in the lives of congenital heart defect patients.

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation is determined to provide emotional support and financial assistance to congenital heart defect patients while working with leaders in cardiac care to advance medical knowledge in an effort to benefit these patients.

Dr. Doreen Defaria Yeh currently serves as the Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Associate Director for the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program and the Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan-Minnehan Heart Center. She is an active clinical cardiologist, clinical investigator and educator.

Our Mission

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the treatment experience for congenital heart defect patients and their families through emotional, educational, and financial support, while advancing CHD awareness and education within the medical community.

Our Vision

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation strives to see every CHD patient lead a long, healthy, meaningful life. We are committed to becoming the premier nationwide charitable organization that facilitates greater access to care and treatment for CHD patients of all ages and strengthens the network of specialty heart centers and physicians across the country.

How We Help

Heart Within A Heart Caring™

We are dedicated to providing emotional and financial support to congenital heart defect patients, young and old, and their families. We hope through our financial support to improve the quality of life and healthcare for patients living with congenital heart defects.

Expanding the Medical World™

Supporting the advancement of patient and medical professional knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects. Presenting a live webinar series in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan-Minnehan Heart Center. Sponsoring medical education programs for cardiology fellows and cardiologists.

Heartfelt Dreams Heroes

Congenital heart defect patients, families, and friends are invited to share their stories of hope and happiness and be recognized as a Heartfelt Dreams Hero. Through this effort, our Foundation hopes to inspire a greater understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects and improve the lives of those dealing with this lifelong condition.

Academic Nursing Scholarship

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation is pleased to be able to provide an annual academic scholarship to a very deserving nurse or nursing student as they pursue advancing their careers in cardiac nursing to better care for congenital heart defect patients. We are also supporting an endowed cardiac nursing scholarship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Quilt to Care

Quilt to Care is a compassionate program established in recognition that quilt-making honors the past, embraces the present, and guides the future. Our quilts are intended to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to the children and adults living with congenital heart defects.

Latest News

Podcast

Meet Eric Ankerud

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation co-founder and CEO, Eric Ankerud, interviewed on “Heart to Heart with Anna”. In this episode, Eric shares with Anna how his wife’s congenital heart defect (CHD) journey

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Upcoming Events

Adult CHD Exercise

Adult Congenital Heart Disease: How Do We Structure Exercise Programs in This Unique Population? Exercise for adults with congenital heart disease poses many unique challenges. Join Sherrin Gallagher, ACNP, AACC, […]