Guest blogger: Criss MadrigalTuesday, April 26, 2016

A Story of Survival

It all started on April 5, 2011 when we went to see a pediatric cardiologist in Sacramento to get a second opinion. Twenty-three weeks pregnant with our identical twin daughters, Alexia and Celeste,...
Ali KoideTuesday, April 12, 2016

Auntie’s liver donation saves baby Kanoa

At just 1 month old, baby Kanoa's skin started to look yellowish. "At first I thought maybe he just needed to get more sun," his mother, Anuhea, recalls. After a couple of weeks without improvement,...
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Ali KoideFriday, February 19, 2016

Back on the court after chemo

Peggy Murtha, RN, a nurse in our Packard intermediate care nursery (PICN), didn’t think much of it when her eldest son Nick collided with another player while playing basketball for his club team. It...
Guest Blogger: Emily CanteyThursday, February 4, 2016

A grateful mom says thank you: The Bravest 10-year-old I Know

Editor’s note: Emily, our guest author, is an inspiration. For the 2015 Summer Scamper, she and her husband practiced for hours with their son, Ray, who has autism, so he’d be ready to hand out race...
Samantha DormanWednesday, February 3, 2016

A Super Bowl Surprise

Thanks to the power of social media, Denver Broncos star Vernon Davis answers a cancer patient's wish Alex Walter, 18, attends the hospital school most days, and you can bet he’ll be wearing some...
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Meet Kate

Karen Vargas’ only plan was to find help for her 3-year-old daughter, Kate Zuno. At age 1, Kate’s health wasn’t right. She suffered from constipation and flu-like symptoms, including trouble...
Ali KoideThursday, January 21, 2016

Five Champions for Children who inspired us in 2015

Every day, our community fundraisers—who we call Champions for Children—inspire us with their passion to serve others and raise funds for our patients and their families. In 2015, more than 100...
Ali KoideFriday, January 15, 2016

This Sunday: Watch Dateline NBC featuring Heart Center family

Hearing the news that your normally healthy child has a life-threatening heart disease and may need a heart transplant would be devastating for any parent. The Bingham family of Haines, Oregon, has...
Ali KoideThursday, December 10, 2015

Video: Give hope this holiday season

When his local hospital in Nevada said there was “nothing left to do,” Xavr’s family almost gave up hope. Donor support helped fly Xavr to our hospital and save him from liver failure. This holiday...
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Supporting the whole child in the Children’s Heart Center

The Cardiac Psychology Program ensures that caring for mental health is an integral part of the healing process. Four-year-old Reina’s heart stopped beating one day while she was in her Petaluma home...