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Heartfelt Dreams Heroes


Message from Eric Ankerud: I am very pleased to share my wife’s story of courage and determination with Heartfelt Dreams Foundation followers. As a congenital heart defect patient, having been born with tetralogy of Fallot in the late 1950’s, Lori has been an inspiration to me for more than 34 years. Together we have learned much about this serious birth defect and recognized both the need and importance of specialized, ongoing medical care. When Lori was faced with having major heart reconstructive surgery in her 50’s, we reflected on the life ahead and throughout this ordeal, she maintained a strong sense of hope and a happiness. With that courage, she again survived surgery, thrived with a healthy heart, and became my heartfelt hero. Throughout our wonderful journey together, we have recently reflected on our family life past, present, and future. In thinking of all memorable experiences, especially those related to her heart condition, I am interestingly reminded of a time many years ago when our daughter was about 4 years old. When Lori and I arrived home following another of her annual check-ups with the cardiologist, our daughter greeted us by asking if the doctor had fixed mommy’s broken heart! To this day, our hearts remain filled with love!

“You gotta love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart”

(Lyric from “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” song by Old Dominion, written by Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi, and Jesse Frasure, live concert attended February 2019)


Message from Heartfelt Dreams Foundation (Lori and Eric): Malcolm Coffin’s condition came to our attention during a 7 hour drive from New Hampshire to Western New York we were listening to Bug Country Radio 99.7 & 101.1 in Utica, NY ( Four month old Malcolm Coffin was born with a ventricular septal defect (VSD), which is an opening between his right and left ventricle, as well as a blockage. We Learned that Malcolm’s parents were spending time and money frequently traveling to the hospital from their home in Utica for cardiac care. His first open heart surgery was performed on February 12, 2019. Heartfelt Dreams Foundation was very pleased to provide financial assistance to Malcolm’s family to support their ongoing travel and medical expenses. In addition, Heartfelt Dreams Foundation has provided a hand-made baby quilt to the Coffin family as part of the Quilt to Care program. Heartfelt Dreams Foundation is also pleased to recognize Bug Country Radio for sponsoring a January afternoon of live music to raise money for any expenses Malcolm’s family incurs due to the congenital heart defect surgery.

In recognition of the patients, families, medical professionals, and friends who support and care for the infants, children, and adults living with congenital heart defects, Heartfelt Dreams Foundation invites you to share your messages, photos, and stories of hope, inspiration, and caring with others through our Heroes page. Please Contact Us or call us on 1-833-470-CARE