Welcome to the Circle of Hearts Family Support Network

Finding out your child has congenital or acquired heart disease is extremely stressful. A new diagnosis brings many questions and feelings of uncertainty. You are not alone. The Circle of Hearts Family Support Network is a non-profit children's charity made up of parents and caregivers who have children with congenital or acquired heart defects. The Circle of Hearts represents all pediatric heart patients and families of the Variety Children's Heart Centre, who span over Manitoba, Nunavut, parts of NW Ontario and Eastern Saskatchewan.

We believe that it is of great benefit to communicate with families who have gone through similar situations. It can help prepare your family for some of the situations and feelings all of you experience. We aim to provide emotional and educational support to those who are in need, as well as a means of networking among families whose children are affected by heart disease.

Along with providing such support to our families, the Circle of Hearts also provides fun family activities throughout the year to show our heart children that there is more to the Variety Children's Heart Centre than being a cardiac patient.

What is a congenital heart defect?

A congenital heart defect (CHD) is an anomaly of the heart that is present at birth, involving one or more portions of the heart to develop abnormally. There are many different types of congenital heart defects, and they range from simple defects such as a tiny hole that will never require treatment, to complex defects with severe, life-threatening symptoms that affect how blood and nutrients are pumped throughout the body. Some babies may be diagnosed before or at birth; some not until days, weeks, months, or even years later. Undiagnosed CHDs and childhood onset heart disease cause many cases of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

Congenital heart defects are the world's most common type of birth defect; about one in every 100 babies are affected, representing 1% of births (Health Canada, 2002). In Canada, there are almost 100,000 adults who, as children, had surgery to correct congenital heart defects (Marelli et al, 2006). Over the past few decades, diagnosis and treatment of heart defects has improved significantly. With modern treatment, more than 90% of children survive well into adulthood.

Upcoming Events Calendar View

Heart Heroes Youth Group - Laser Tag
Saturday, April 28th 2018, 5:30 PM ~ 7:30 PM
LASERTOPIA, 1140 Waverley St Unit #5

Who: For cardiac youth ages 12-17.
When: Saturday, April. 28th, 2018
Where: LASERTOPIA (1140 Waverley St Unit #5, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0P4)
Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (please arrive on time)
Cost: Free!
Pizza will be served for youth attending, after 2 games of laser tag.

Please check the poster for more information.

RSVP by Thursday, April 26 to circleofhearts@hotmail.com.


Promotional Products

Push-action Ballpoint Pen (blue ink) — $2.00 each or 12 for $20 (no taxes charged)

Red and black body, with the Circle of Hearts logo in white.

Large Drawstring Knapsack — $7.00 each (no taxes charged)

17”w. x 20”h. in red with the Circle of Hearts logo in white.

16-ounce Travel Mug — $15.00 each (no taxes charged)

Double-walled stainless steel with safety lid and slide-action opening. White band with a red/blue Circle of Hearts logo.

(Click the image for full-size previews.)

To place an order, please contact circleofhearts@hotmail.com. Stock is limited and will be sold on a first come/first served basis. Payment can be made by cash or cheque.

Past Events

Pasta and a Pint Fundraiser
Sunday, February 4th 2018, 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM
Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue

Meal tickets are 15$: Guests will receive Penne with meat sauce, caesar salad, garlic toast, and an alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverage.

In addition, there will be a:
Door prize,
50/50 draw,
Silent auction with cash prizes, and
2 Grand Prize draws for a WestJet travel voucher and an Entertainment package.
You may also buy support tickets for 10$.

For event tickets, please contact circleofhearts@hotmail.com.

Draw to Win Tickets for RWB's The Nutcracker
December 21st, 2017
Royal Winnipeg Ballet

By a very gracious donation from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Circle of Hearts is pleased to offer the opportunity for Heart kids to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming performance of the holiday favourite, The Nutcracker. Names for the 10 tickets (5 pairs) will be drawn for the Thursday, December 21st Nutcracker performance showing at 7:00 PM.

If you are interested in having your heart child's name entered into this draw, please respond via Facebook or by email to circleofhearts@hotmail.com, by Dec 15th. Winning names will be drawn on Saturday, Dec 16th and the winners will be notified. Serious entries only please, as the ticket value is over $100 each.

Should you miss out on this opportunity to attend The Nutcracker, there will be a future chance to win tickets to RWB's performance of Sleeping Beauty in February.
(Winners of The Nutcracker tickets are ineligible for the Sleeping Beauty draws).

Many thanks to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for donating 20 ballet tickets to our COH charity and cardiac kids!!

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 10th, 9:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM
Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue

Free for the families of Circle of Hearts & Variety Children’s Heart Centre!

RSVP by December 1st at circleofhearts@hotmail.com.

Please include the number of adults and children in the family, and the names, ages, and gender of children attending.

Please indicate "heart child" where applicable!

~ We will be accepting monetary donations towards our in-hospital Christmas hamper ~

Circle of Hearts Annual Summer Picnic
Saturday, September 9th, 12:30 ~ 4:30
St. Vital Park, Sites 1A and 1B

Please join us for a picnic at St. Vital Park! Bouncers! Food! Candy Scramble!

RSVP to circleofhearts@hotmail.com by August 30, 2017.

Please include your family's last name, phone number, and the number of people attending.

JOEY Kenaston's Scoop of Care
All of August
JOEY Kenaston, 1550 Kenaston Blvd

Greetings COH Families!

This August, JOEY Kenaston restaurant is commencing their charitable program called Scoop of Care for its second year. For the month of August, $1.00 from each of their new Raspberry Butterscotch Budino sold will be donated to a local charity/cause chosen by their staff.

With that said, JOEY Kenaston staff would love to donate the proceeds of their Scoop of Care program this year to our charity, the Circle of Hearts Family Support Network!

If you would like to show your support for this delicious fundraising initiative, pop by JOEY Kenaston this month for a Raspberry Butterscotch Budino and bring your family, friends and colleagues!! While there, feel free to share your story with the JOEY staff and introduce your personal Heart Hero ❤

Circle of Hearts Board

Brereton Family Heart Camp 2017
June 30th to July 3rd
Variety’s Camp Brereton

The Circle of Hearts’ Family Camp is open to all cardiac families of the Variety Children’s Heart Centre and the Circle of Hearts.

When: Friday, June 30th (arrival after 5pm) – Monday, July 3rd (departure by 3pm)
Where: Variety’s Camp Brereton – Brereton Lake, MB
Cost: $50 per person (Non-refundable) ,
FREE for Heart Child and siblings 0–3 years old.

See the attached poster for more details.

RSVP at circleofhearts@hotmail.com to request a Family Camp Registration Package.

Registration forms and payment must be returned no later than June 16th.

Brereton Youth Heart Camp 2017
July 4th to July 7rd
Variety’s Camp Brereton

The Circle of Hearts is pleased to host its annual Youth Heart Camp at Variety's Camp Brereton!

Who: Cardiac Youth ages 12–17 years old
When: Tuesday, July 4th – Friday, July 7th, 2017
Where: Variety’s Camp Brereton – Brereton Lake, MB
Cost: FREE for Cardiac Youth ($80 refundable deposit required upon registration)
$80 per guest (Non-refundable. 1 guest per Youth)

See the attached poster for more details.

RSVP at circleofhearts@hotmail.com for more information and to request a Youth Camp Registration Package.

Registration and payment is due no later than June 16th. NOTE: Space is limited to 16 boys and 16 girls.

Heart Heroes Youth Group - Enigma Escape Rooms
Saturday, March 18th, 12:30 ~ 3:00PM
Enigma Escape Rooms, Unit 4-980 Lorimer Blvd

We're holding an escape room event at Enigma Escape Rooms for the Heart Heroes Youth Group. And it's free!

This is an event for cardiac youth ages 12-17.

See the attached poster for more details.

Please be sure to RSVP by Thursday, March 16th at circleofhearts@hotmail.com.

Bud, Spud and Steak Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, February 4th, 5:00 ~ 8:00PM
Tijuana Yacht Club, Polo Park CanadInn

Happy New Year greetings to our fellow COH families!!

Please note, on Saturday, February 4th, the Circle of Hearts will be hosting its annual Bud, Spud and Steak fundraiser at Tijuana Yacht Club, Polo Park CanadInn, from 5:00-8:00pm. While raising funds towards our children's charity, this is also in celebration of Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day/Week. Please see attached poster for more details and feel free to forward on to friends and family.

Children/youth are welcome to attend, as it is always a pleasure to have our heart heroes join us!

This year, there are two different priced Event/Dinner Tickets available:

  • $20 Ticket for Chicken Dinner
  • $25 Ticket for Steak Dinner

Dinner ticket costs remain the same for all ages.

To mix things up a bit, we are trying something new... Instead of the usual Silent Auction prizes to be won, we will be having 16 closed-envelope cash prize draws, varying from $50-$200 per envelope! Now who doesn't love to win MONEY?? 😃 There will also be a 50/50 Draw, Door Prizes, and amazing Grand Prizes, which include Round Trip Flights for 2 to Churchill and a 55" TV!

Tickets are now available and can be purchased by emailing us at circleofhearts@hotmail.com or by messaging us on our Facebook group page. Payment can be made via cash, cheque or e-transfer.

If you are not able to attend but would like to support our fundraising event, Support Tickets are available for $10 each. You can also donate online through PayPal at the Ways to Give page.

Thank you and we hope to see you February 4th!!

Board of Directors
Circle of Hearts Family Support Network

Parent-to-Parent Support Meetings: Coffee Group
2nd Thursdays of the month, 7:00 ~ 9:00PM

Open to all pediatric heart patients and families/caregivers. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and juice covered by the Circle of Hearts.

Upcoming coffee groups:

  • October 13, 2016 – Smitty's Restaurant, 1017 St. James St.
    Polo Park Area

  • November 10, 2016 – Smitty’s Restaurant, 8-2305 McPhillips St.
    Garden City Area

  • December 8, 2016 – Smitty’s Restaurant, 1512 Regent Ave.
    Transcona Area

  • January 12, 2017 – Smitty’s Restaurant, Unit A – 150 Meadowood Dr.
    S. Vital Area

Free Family Skate Party
Courtesy of West Kildonan Community Centre/Rink
Monday, January 2nd
2:00 ~ 4:00PM
346 Perth Avenue

A Free Family Skate Party, courtesy of the West Kildonan Community Centre!

The Circle of Hearts has the entire arena, so heart families can bring friends! Everyone must bring their own skates/helmets/stick/etc.

The arena doors will be open for us. They are in the parking lot between the splashpad and the outdoor rink - NOT the community centre doors next to the playground. Lots of parking in the parking lot.

Canteen will be OPEN (hot chocolate, coffee, the BEST popcorn, chocolates, penny candy, etc). Most canteen items are approx $1.00 - cash only.

Rink attendant will "blast the heat and crank the music!" for us 😃👍

We hope you are able to join us for this first fun family event of 2017!! 🎉

Breakfast with Santa!
Sunday, December 11th, from 9:00AM ~ 12:00PM

Greetings from the Circle of Hearts Board,

The Circle of Hearts Family Support Network is pleased to invite you all to our upcoming Breakfast with Santa, being held on Sunday, December 11th, from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon, at the Clarion Hotel.

There will be a pancake breakfast, live entertainment, children's crafts, free family photos taken by a professional photographer, and best of all, SANTA CLAUS!

Please RSVP by email, phone or on our Facebook page by December 1st, including the number of adults and children attending, as well as the names, ages and gender of all children, and noting who is the “heart” child.

We will again be collecting monetary donations at the door towards our annual "Pay it Forward" COH Christmas Hamper, which is given to a heart child(ren) and their family who are unfortunately in-hospital during the holiday season.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

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