Family Stories

Little girl dressed as princess

Isabella Sanchez – Full of life with half a heart

Isabella is almost¬†4 years old. She is your typical toddler with lots of spunk and personality. She loves playing outside with her older brother and with her many baby dolls, including listening to their “heart.” She enjoys bubbles, taking baths and spaghetti. We first found out our daughter, Isabella, had a congenital heart defect (CHD)…

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Cody Helms Gift of Life

Twenty-seven-year-old Cody Phillips wipes tears from his eyes when he describes the life of his 13-year-old brother, Carter. Until recently, Carter was spending three days a week at the dialysis clinic, because his kidneys shut down a year ago and had to be surgically removed. The way Cody sees it, his brother is a smart…

Little boy with bald head wearing mask

Nicholas Vermaxidis

Nicholas Vermaxidis is a bundle of energy when he greets me and asks if we can go outside to play. His beautiful eyes show the smile that is hidden behind his mask, and he is unaware of the thin hair that sparsely covers his recently bald head. His mother Elena speaks softly to him in…