Thanks to Boston Children's Hospital and the generosity of sponsors and volunteers, these lives changed in a heartbeat.



Just after birth, Milana was unexpectedly diagnosed with a heart condition. She was flown from Ohio to Boston Children’s Hospital to be the seventeenth infant to receive an experimental, expandable replacement valve. Five years later, Milana’s loves being a big sister almost as much as she loves animals. 


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After five surgeries, Avery’s tiny heart struggled to beat. Boston Children’s Hospital offered her family hope—a brand new process, mitochondrial transplantation, developed by a doctor there. The process restored energy to Avery’s heart and saved her. Now, Avery’s grandma says, “She is the light of my life.” 


At birth, Shannon began a journey that would make Boston Children’s a second home. From her first life-saving heart surgery at four days old, to her last double valve and artery transplant at age twenty-two, Shannon has been able to live a normal, active life—even cheering in college.   

The founder of HAIRraising shares her experience with Boston Children's Hospital

I know, first-hand, how life can pivot in a heartbeat. 

More than 30 years ago, Alex, one of my identical twin daughters was born with congenital heart disease.

When she was eight years old she needed her first open-heart surgery. After an exhaustive search trying to find the best possible surgical team we found ourselves at Boston Children’s Hospital.

At Boston Children’s an incomparable team of medical pros, and a totally new experimental procedure, changed the course and quality of Alex’s life. 

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