My Charities

Big Love Little Hearts helps children in developing countries with heart defects get the surgery they need to save their life.

1 in 1oo children are born with a heart defect. Half of them will need surgery to survive. 90% will be born in countries where access to lifesaving intervention is limited due to lack of infrastructure or their families’ lack of means.

To date we have saved more than 300 lives!

Hear the daily triumphs and tragedies of trying to help just a small portion of the 7 million children waiting to have their heart repair funded worldwide by following us on twitter or becoming a fan on facebook.



One In One Hundred is project with the goal to create a future where every newborn is screened for America’s #1 birth defect – congenital heart defects.

1 in 100 children will be born with one or more of almost 40 different kinds of heart defects.

Check out our advocacy and fundraising initiative co-sponsored by Big Love Little Hearts: #100X100 on April 10th, 2010, the 100th day of the year.



Little Leo is a project of Big Love Little Hearts that delivers “Leo Lion”, our super soft and cuddly plush toy to children in Chicago area hospitals.

“Leo” is a frequent visitor at Children’s Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital and Advocate Lutheran Children’s Hospital.

He also travels the world as a gift to each of the children Big Love Little Hearts provides surgery for.

Since 2007  he has brought big love to more than 800 children in the Chicagoland area and 307 children in 33 countries outside of the Unites States.


The Special Needs Acceptance Book is not part of any of my non-profits. I bought 1000 copies of this excellent book to give to families, schools, community organizations and other non-profits.

Congenital Heart Defects often go hand in hand with developmental disorders or disabilities. For example, 40% of children with Down’s Syndrome also have a heart defect.

While I was Director of Development at The Children’s Heart Foundation I got to know the son of our Executive Director well. Full of energy and love, he was born with both complex critical heart defects and developmental disorders. He is who inspired me to distribute this book free of charge – to date I have given almost 900 copies away.

If you have or know a special needs child and would like a copy or two, please let me know:


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