Courageous Hearts of Idaho
Support Group for Congenital Heart Disease
A support group for families and others affected by congenital heart disease
Who We Are
Courageous Hearts of Idaho was founded in 2008 by parents who recognized the need in our community for face to face support and the sharing of resources and information.
Courageous Hearts of Idaho is the only pediatric heart disease support group in Idaho. Our group is open to parents of children with heart disease, adults with congenital heart disease, extended families, caregivers, nurses—anyone who loves someone with a Courageous Heart.
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How We Support
- Quarterly meetings
- Parent networking
- Sharing of resources
- Educational opportunities
- Lending Library
- Confidential communication
Support and resources are provided free of charge to all patients and families.
Who: Moms, Dads, extended family, caregivers, nurses...anyone who loves someone with a Courageous Heart!
When: The third Tuesday of February, May, August, and November, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Alternating at St. Luke’s Boise and St. Luke’s Meridian. Please call or email for location.
Why: Socialize, support, and share resources, information, and experiences.
How: Just show up! The group is a positive, informal, and comfortable place to meet others with similar experiences and share information.
- Participation in the American Heart Association START! Treasure Valley Heart Walk
- Guest lectures on a variety of relevant topics
Julie Du Bois, RN
St. Luke’s Boise Pediatric Cardiovascular Services Coordinator
190 East Bannock Street
Boise, Idaho 83712
Fax: (208) 381-2820
A Message from Jacob’s Mom
Did you know that nine out of every 1,000 babies born have some form of congenital heart defect or heart disease?
My son Jacob is one of them. He was born with a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, which caused him to be in congestive heart failure. It caused his heart to become weakened and enlarged, and now it cannot pump blood efficiently.
Jacob is now on more than 10 medications a day, and even though he tries his hardest to be a typical three-year-old boy, he isn’t thriving. He tires easily and just can't keep up with the other kids. Even with all the wonderful scientific advancements that have helped him live this long, he still is reliant on a feeding tube and still is in heart failure.
I hope that some day we will find a cure for heart disease, so that Jacob and all the kids like him can grow up and lead happy and healthy lives.