WSA Kids With Heart

Kids With Heart serving Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington

Kids With Heart is a program that engages young local heart disease and stroke survivors as ambassadors for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Kids With Heart ambassadors help us move closer to our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, by inspiring others with their story and encouraging support for and participation in youth programs like Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart.

Questions? Please contact Kelli Petragallo. 

Heart Hero of the MonthCaleb-Peltier-2

Meet Caleb

Caleb Peltier was diagnosed with a critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) and underwent surgery at just three days old. Today, Caleb is a healthy, thriving 3-year old. Doctors hope that he will never need another surgical correction and will be able to live a long, healthy, normal life. Meet more Kids With Heart.


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...and other favorites from our AHA YouTube channel

Meet Kids With Heart
Join Kids With Heart
Heart Hero Kit
Jump Rope For Heart
What is CHD?
AHA Funded CHD Research
Moms With Heart


Just the Facts!
  • The American Heart Association funds more pediatric cardiac research than any U.S. organization except the federal government. 
  • During the past fiscal year, we funded nearly $13.5 million in new research awards broadly related to children’s heart disease. This was part of the $135.6 million we funded in all aspects of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Much of the funds go to basic biomedical research, and the outcomes of these studies can ultimately be applied to many types of congenital and acquired heart and blood vessel diseases.  
  • Many of these awards fund research projects aimed at determining how the heart develops before birth and how congenital heart defects develop. 
  • American Heart Association research awards mirror the proportion of applications received within each science topic. 
  • Across the country, 550 applications related to cardiovascular development and pediatrics were submitted in 2012–2013. We funded 92 of these projects, for a success rate of 16.7 percent in the pediatrics categories. This compares favorably with an overall funding success rate of 16 percent of all AHA applications.