Jessie’s Heart

Healing Little Hearts


Our beautiful daughter, Jessica Renee, died during open heart surgery before her second birthday. To honor her and help others, we have established this foundation to support children and their families who are dealing with heart defects.

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) affect 1 out of 100 newborns which is over 40,000 births per year in the United States. In addition to the astronomical medical expenses, families face the unexpected costs for airfare, gas, food, and lodging that come with all their lifestyle changes and emotional/physical stress. Jessie’s Heart supports these children and their families financially through these times of uncertainty.


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

We Care


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

The heart symbolizes the love, charity, joy and compassion of children with heart defects.

The dragonfly symbolizes adaptability and transformation. Through continuous change comes self-realization and a search for the deeper meaning of life. Children with heart defects are mentally and emotionally mature. They bravely face multiple procedures and surgeries over their lifetime with confidence, ease and grace.

JC Heinen

JC Heinen

Founder and Executive Director of Jessie’s Heart

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.

About Us

Our Board of Directors help serve the financial needs and desires of families whose children have heart defects.

Board of Directors

Brandon Collier

Niki Collier

Julie Copenhaver

Pat Foley

Kathy Lawless

Joe Schroeter

Donate To Needs of the Heart

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

February is American Heart Month

Every February, the country unites during American Heart month to raise awareness to the importance of a healthy heart and to encourage habits that help reduce the risk of heart disease.

American Heart Month is a wonderful time to focus our attention on children who were born with heart defects and the financial challenges their families are burdened with for years.

Jessie's Heart works closely with Children’s Hospital of Colorado and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children who provide special care for these children.  Together we assist families in need with their house payments, utilities, lodging and food.

Join us this Valentine’s Day in reducing the financial stress for these families.

As a special thanks for your generosity, we’re providing individuals who donate $100 or more with a special Valentine necklace.