Courageous Hearts of Idaho

JacobA 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.

Make a Donation

Your donation can make a difference for Courageous Hearts of Idaho.

How We Support

  • Parent matching
  • Participation in the American Heart Association Treasure Valley Heart Walk
  • Sharing of resources
  • Educational opportunities
  • Lending library
  • Confidential communication

Support and resources are provided free of charge to all patients and families.

Contact Information
Julie Du Bois, RN
Pediatric Cardiovascular Services Coordinator
St. Luke's Children's Hospital
190 E. Bannock Street         
Boise, Idaho 83712
(208) 381-1978
Fax: (208) 381-2820
duboisj@slhs.org

Other Resources
mendedlittlehearts.org
childrenscardiomyopathy.org
americanheart.org
achaheart.org
tchin.org

jacobA 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.

Sincerely,
Jinjue Serre

 


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