Meet Hope and Jack. For the past year, their families exchanged messages on Facebook and over texts. They finally met for the first time last month in a surprise meeting arranged by the Today Show, which aired
in a segment
on March 7th.
"It was amazing to be able to hug the family that told us, 'your son's story gave us hope,'" said Lauren Kiefer-Foley, whose 6-year-old son Jack was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).
That other family is Marie Dasaro and her fiancé, Lou Campanella, whose 1-year-old daughter, Hope, was also born with HLHS.
The surprise meeting included another big reveal. American Heart Association volunteer Len Berenfield of Ohio was so moved by Hope and Jack's stories that he donated $100,000 to start a congenital heart defect research fund in their names.
The Hope and Jack Fund will directly support research through the AHA's Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards, which are co-funded by The Children's Heart Foundation. You can make a contribution to the Hope and Jack fund