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.

About Congenital Heart Defects

The heart ailment is a defect or abnormality. A defect results when the heart or blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally before birth. There are different types of congenital heart defects, treatments and tests that will be reviewed by your healthcare team.

Access the articles below for more information:

Defectos Cardiacos Congénitos de los Niños

To read more about heart disease please visit the American Heart Association

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

Julie Copenhaver

Pat Foley

Kathy Lawless

Jamie Shapiro 

Joe Schroeter

Donate To Needs of the Heart

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

December 10th is Colorado Gives Day!

To those of you who have been with me since I started Jessie’s Heart in 2007 and those of you who recently joined the cause, I’d like to thank you for your generous contributions that have made a difference in the lives of children with heart defects.

Over the years, your heartfelt gifts have gone to celebrate the success of so many little ones born with heart defects. Like Carrie, now in her late thirties, who shared her life-long journey as a heart kid at our gala in October. Earlier this year she received a new heart and liver! Her's is a story of tremendous courage and strength! And one that Jessie's Heart has remained close to over the years and supported by providing emotional and non-medical financial assistance to Carrie and her parents. A true miracle she is!

As you know, we didn’t have this type of support when our daughter Jessie had two surgeries and passed after just 22 months. I’ve seen first-hand, how our support can lessen some of the burdens parent's face when caring for a child with a serious, life-long health issue.

Together we are making life better for heart kids and their families!

December 10th is Colorado Gives Day, an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

For those of you who have the desire to pay-it-forward to those in need, we hope you’ll consider donating to Jessie’s Heart.  With your contributions we can continue supporting families whose children have been diagnosed with congenital heart defects (CHD) - the #1 birth defect today.

In gratitude,
JC Heinen
Jessie’s Heart


Complete the checkout process now to have your one-time donation applied on December 10, 2019 (Colorado Gives Day).