Hear from the Hearts We've Touched

Our testimonial page is a beacon of hope and resilience, featuring compelling stories from affected families, healthcare professionals, and young transplant recipients. Beyond showcasing our foundation's impactful work, our goal is to champion organ donor awareness, creating a powerful nexus of compassion and change.

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Sawyer the WARRIOR!

YAHF is so important! Before this experience I had no clue that children spent years of their lives sometimes in the hospital waiting for hearts. Our son Sawyer had a heart attack in July of 2022 at 6 days old and spent almost 300 days total in the hospital. Mike Young came and visited us right when we listed Sawyer for transplant and supported us from that moment forward. It wasn’t just the amazing and helpful gifts he gave us that changed our lives but the emotional support is absolutely invaluable. We are so grateful for him and he is an inspiration!

Sawyer’s Mom

Caylin Blake

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Sawyer the WARIOR!

YAHF is so important! Before this experience I had no clue that children spent years of their lives sometimes in the hospital waiting for hearts. Our son Sawyer had a heart attack in July of 2022 at 6 days old and spent almost 300 days total in the hospital. Mike Young came and visited us right when we listed Sawyer for transplant and supported us from that moment forward. It wasn’t just the amazing and helpful gifts he gave us that changed our lives but the emotional support is absolutely invaluable. We are so grateful for him and he is an inspiration!

Sawyer’s Mom

Caylin Blake

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Dr Menteer

“The Young at Heart Foundation is truly special – not only do its generous gifts come from people who really understand what it means to be listed for or receive a heart transplant as a child, but they are given to families at a time when their lives are out of control.  Their gifts provide a glimmer of hope for a child and a family that have urgent emotional, spiritual, and economic needs.  Michael himself knows all too well what strength and perseverance is needed to endure the heart transplant process.  The thought that he and his organization put into these gifts, and the support his organization offers, help kids and their families understand that there is a path through the difficult times. “ 

Jondavid Menteer, MD, FACC, FHFSA

Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician/Educator)

Keck School of Medicine at USC

Medical Director, Cardiac Transplant Program

Chief of Staff

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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Dr Menteer

“The Young at Heart Foundation is truly special – not only do its generous gifts come from people who really understand what it means to be listed for or receive a heart transplant as a child, but they are given to families at a time when their lives are out of control.  Their gifts provide a glimmer of hope for a child and a family that have urgent emotional, spiritual, and economic needs.  Michael himself knows all too well what strength and perseverance is needed to endure the heart transplant process.  The thought that he and his organization put into these gifts, and the support his organization offers, help kids and their families understand that there is a path through the difficult times. “ 

Jondavid Menteer, MD, FACC, FHFSA

Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician/Educator)

Keck School of Medicine at USC

Medical Director, Cardiac Transplant Program

Chief of Staff

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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ABC 7 Interview

The founder of the Young at Heart Foundation recently garnered media attention with a compelling interview on ABC 7 News. During the segment, they spoke passionately about the foundation's mission, its transformative impact on young transplant recipients, and the critical role of organ donor awareness. This high-profile feature amplifies the foundation's reach and reinforces its position as a leading force for change in the healthcare community.

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ABC 7 Interview

The founder of the Young at Heart Foundation recently garnered media attention with a compelling interview on ABC 7 News. During the segment, they spoke passionately about the foundation's mission, its transformative impact on young transplant recipients, and the critical role of organ donor awareness. This high-profile feature amplifies the foundation's reach and reinforces its position as a leading force for change in the healthcare community.

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Georgie

When I came across Mike’s personal page and the Young At Heart foundations page, I found peace and hope for Georgie’s future. Mike took the time to respond to me and share his heart transplant journey. He is truly inspiring and brave, in every way. I am so grateful to have crossed paths with him and thankful for the work he is doing for those facing or who have already undergone transplant surgery.

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Dr Menteer

“The Young at Heart Foundation is truly special – not only do its generous gifts come from people who really understand what it means to be listed for or receive a heart transplant as a child, but they are given to families at a time when their lives are out of control.  Their gifts provide a glimmer of hope for a child and a family that have urgent emotional, spiritual, and economic needs.  Michael himself knows all too well what strength and perseverance is needed to endure the heart transplant process.  The thought that he and his organization put into these gifts, and the support his organization offers, help kids and their families understand that there is a path through the difficult times. “ 

Jondavid Menteer, MD, FACC, FHFSA

Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician/Educator)

Keck School of Medicine at USC

Medical Director, Cardiac Transplant Program

Chief of Staff

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Young At Heart Foundation

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Young At Heart Foundation

501C3# 87-4320277 | Copyright 2023