HEARTs OF GOLD CLUB
About the Club
The HeartBrothers Hearts of Gold Club was started in 2023 by Patient Board of Advisor, Tommy Hardiman, and aims to recognize exceptional businesses who want to play a key role in financially supporting New England heart failure patients and their families. To date, this club has raised over $50,000 for heart failure patients.
(Left) Tommy Hardiman with friend from Dimeo Construction recieving $6,000 check in support of the Heartbrother's Hearts of Gold Club initiative on December 11, 2023.
At this very moment, 3,500 of the 6.2 million Americans with heart failure (HF) wait tenuously for a heart transplant. The typical wait is 6 months or more, and many spend much of that time hospitalized with an LVAD while loved ones travel back and forth—often over great distances—to support them and oversee their care. Data collection amid the ongoing pandemic is still in-progress—but we know the statistics cannot have improved from pre-COVID, when about 10% of these patients would survive the wait and receive matching hearts. No matter the outcome, in the wake of this emotional and physical rollercoaster, families are devastated by the experience and its crushing debt. At HeartBrothers Foundation (HBF), we know this nightmare first-hand: we are former LVAD patients—HF and heart transplant survivors.
Did you know the average heart transplant costs $1.4 million? The average annual HF patient income is $50,000. Through our Patient & Family Education & Support Programs, the HeartBrothers Foundation (HBF) provides financial assistance, emotional support, and education to families struggling with HF. Every day, patients & families inundate HBF with requests for financial assistance. The pandemic has made patients’ situations even more tenuous as they are highly vulnerable to infection, and their financial strains have increased. HBF fills that void by offering support packages for lodging, food, transport, parking, and critical travel expenses as patients visit clinics or family members stay near those hospitalized. Families submit requests ranging from $250-$4,000. Requests are need-based, and we thoroughly vet each one. Over 90% of financial assistance from HBF goes to HF patients with annual income below $50,000, and approximately half of this supported community is Black or LatinX.