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Events

Heart Beats hosts a number of social events throughout the year. Creating opportunities to come together and support one another is what Heart Beats is all about. For current event details such as dates, times and locations, check out the latest edition of Keeping the Beat.

*NEW!*  Celebration of Hearts Anniversary Gala

On February 11, 2017, Heart Beats will be celebrating 30 years of supporting children with heart disease.  To mark the occasion, we will be hosting a gala at the Calgary Italian Club for our members and invited guests. The evening will include a four course Italian dinner with wine, music, dancing and some amazing raffle items and door prizes. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online by emailing Patty Wiebe at [email protected]

Family Events

Heart Beats host many family events thoughout the year such as an annual Christmas party and family campout. To commemorate Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 7-14), a special Annual Event is held that features lots of fun activities for the whole family.

Emotional Support

Just for Dads and Mom's Coffee Hour is open to all parents of children born with congenital heart defects (CHD). Whether your "heart child" is an infant, a teenager, or somewhere in between, we welcome you. We meet regularly to visit, build friendships and discuss the challenges and rewards of raising children with heart disease.  For more information, please see our current newsletter or contact Heart Beats at [email protected] 

Hospital Visits

For families of children who are admitted at the Alberta Children's Hospital, special visits can be arranged. Sometimes speaking with another parent who has been through a similar experience can help with the feelings of stress and anxiety that comes from having a medically fragile child in the hospital. Please let us know if we can arrange a visit with you by contacting us at [email protected]

Offbeats

Offbeats meets several times during the school year and participants enjoy fun activities like bowling, crafts, pizza night and an awesome wrap-up party at the end of the year! New to Offbeats is an opportunity to attend a special summer camp in California exclusively for children with a heart condition. If you would like more information, please speak with a nurse at the Cardiology Clinic of the Alberta Children's Hospital, or see our latest newsletter for details. 

Family Camp-Out

This camp is held in September at Camp Evergreen in Sundre and features heated cabins, all meals and many activities including canoeing, horseback riding and ziplining.  Many friendships between children and adults are formed over the campfire.

Annual Family Fun Run

In October of each year, Heart Beats organizes this amazing fundraising event that features 5k and 10k walk/runs and a 1k children's walk/run.  All proceeds go toward helping families with congenital heart defects in Southern Alberta. 



News and Events

Heart to Heart
Heart to Heart is open to all parents of children born with congenital heart defects (CHD). more...

Offbeats
This fun, activity-based group provides an opportunity for youth aged 10-17 years to come together in an informal setting... more...

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