Helping families with travel expenses to get children the best medical care possible

Welcome To Eli's Heart

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In December of 2012, our newborn son Eli had open heart surgery to repair a life-threatening congenital heart defect. For the procedure, we elected to travel three hours to a leading pediatric cardiology facility, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Doctors told us to be prepared to stay in Philadelphia for ten days. We were blessed enough that we could make the trip without financial hardship but learned quickly there are many families who cannot.
Shortly after that stay at CHOP, we founded Eli’s Heart to help families, like many we met in Philadelphia, who were struggling with the financial burden of travel expenses incurred while their child battles a critical illness far from home. To do this, we pay for airfare, gas charges, hotel stays, meals and more. To date we have helped over 200 families with necessary travel and lodging expenses. We hope you will join us to help those in their most critical time of need.

Our Stories

As we help families, we will be posting their stories on how your contributions have made an impact on the life of a child. You can also follow our stories on Facebook.


TD's Story

TD has been diagnosed with Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries with a large VSD, a Pulmonary Stenosis, a sub Pulmonary Stenosis and an abnormal tricuspid valve...


Lainey's Story

Lainey will be going in for her second heart surgery later this month and we are able to help the family out based on your support, thank you...


Marcus' Story

Marcus smiling a couple days after his open heart surgery at C. S. Motts Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Doctors stated that the procedure to fix a Secundum ASD went as planned. Way to go Marcus!!!!

2019 Eli's Heart Fundraiser

Sunday, September 22 from 12 PM - 5 PM EDT
Location TBD

BBQ will be served and Wild About Ice Cream will be spooning out homemade deliciousness.   Beer will be provided by local VA breweries.  Entertainment to include moon bounces, football on the outside Big Screen, acoustic band, corn hole, and much more.