Jessie’s Heart Foundation

Healing Little Hearts


Studies show that 1 out of every 110 babies is born with some form of congenital heart disease. While heart defects are common, advances in medical technology and practice are making it possible for more patients than ever to not only survive into adulthood but to do so with high quality of life.  In addition to the medical expenses, families of children with heart disease face other costs, such as lifestyle changes, emotional/physical stress, family uncertainty, and being unable to return to work in order to care for their child.  The Jessie’s Heart Foundation supports these children and their families emotionally, physically and financially.

About Us

Jessie’s Heart Foundation (JHF) was established in 2007 in remembrance of our daughter Jessica Renee who was born with congenital heart disease and blessed our lives for 22 months.

To keep her memory alive for a lifetime, the Jessie’s Heart Foundation partners with hospitals in Colorado to serve the financial needs and desires of the hearts of families whose children are diagnosed with heart disease.


The Jessie’s Heart Foundation mission is to provide support for children with heart disease that reduces emotional, physical and financial stress for the family.

We Care


Jessie’s Heart Foundation’s use the symbol of the heart and a dragonfly.

The heart symbolizes the compassion and desire for JHF to offer charity to children with heart disease. It reminds us to listen to the desires of these children’s hearts to assist them in living out their dreams.

The dragonfly symbolizes the mental and emotional maturity of children with heart disease who bravely face multiple procedures and surgeries over their lifetime. The JHF supports these children and their families in living a joyful, meaningful life.

Sammy’s story began before she was born. The doctors noticed a narrowing of the left ventricle of her heart. She was born at 35 weeks, and as she was getting ready to go home for the first time, the echocardiogram showed her heart had become severely enlarged She has left ventricular hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick. Her parents were told Sammy would need a heart transplant. That was the only fix. Miraculously, seven weeks later they got the call. Sammy underwent her first heart transplant before she was 2 months old. Although her life was filled with doctor’s appointments, she was able to experience everything a healthy child does – she walked, talked, went to school, played sports, and had many friends. Then, at the end of her junior year in high school, Sammy’s heart once again gave out. This time, she waited only five days, before she was given the gift of life. Sammy finished high school, enrolled in Community College, and started her first job. She also decided she wanted to share her story and become an active volunteer and spokesperson for the American Heart Association. On February 27, 2016, at the age of 23, Sammy lost her battle with heart disease. We honor and remember Sammy for her infectious spirit, positive attitude, bravery, and advocacy for those battling heart disease.

Our Team

Making It Happen

JC Heinen

JC Heinen

Founder and Executive Director of the Jessie’s Heart Foundation

As Jessie’s mom, JC is passionate about bringing hope to the families of children with heart disease through financial assistance and gifts of the heart. Her husband, five grown children and seven grandchildren are all involved in supporting this amazing mission.


Jamie Shapiro

Jamie Shapiro

CEO ConnectedEC

Jamie is the CEO of ConnectedEC and is focused on integrating health and leadership. Jamie brings her passion for holistic health to Jessie’s Heart to help families physically and emotionally.


Brad Billingsley

Brad Billingsley

EVP & Chief Growth Officer - Logic Healthcare

Brad leads a team of professionals at Logic Healthcare, dedicated to enabling technology that drives the highest levels of patient care. A husband and father of two, Brad believes giving back to those in need is our greatest contribution as leaders in our community.


Joseff Schroeter

Joseff Schroeter

Author & Consultant

Joe lives in Denver, Colorado has three children. He has a life long passion for fitness and health at all ages. He has been involved with one of his sons as a Long QT patient. He is learning first hand and is dedicated to the evolving process of helping kids with heart conditions to thrive and live extraordinary lives.


Julie Copenhaver


Julie is passionate about supporting children with heart disease and actively supports the Colorado Symphony.

Jessie’s Heart Foundation (JHF) is a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS.