Much like everyone else in March of last year, Emerson Rose Heart Foundation was forced to pivot and figure out how to navigate running a nonprofit during a global pandemic. Inspired by our strong heart warriors battling congenital heart defects, we knew that despite the circumstances ERHF had it in us to continue our mission of changing the future of those affected by congenital heart defects— so it was full force ahead. We were determined to continue providing support to families in need, advancing patient care and medical research, and increasing awareness about the most common birth defect in the world. While we’ve been quiet, ERHF has been working hard. In the past year, we have been able to do the following things: 

  • Give $55,000 in support to families through gift cards, meal tickets, and hotel stays.
  • Fund a 3D heart project at Levine Children’s Hospital in NC. The 3D hearts allow doctors and surgeons to better understand the patient’s heart before surgery.

Not only that, but last October ERHF held our 10th annual golf tournament at Smithfields Country Club in Easley, SC, raising $60,000 for our cause. Protocols such as having hand sanitizer on golf carts and requiring masks inside were put into place to ensure safe, healthy fun for everyone present. 

Susan Smith, co-founder of ERHF, explained the importance of the tournament, saying, “It’s critical for us to continue our fundraising efforts during a pandemic because heart defects don’t stop during a pandemic. Our requests for assistance increased dramatically, and we wanted to be there to fill the gaps of those in need. The golf tournament is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we are so thankful we could still host it. Had we not been able to, we wouldn’t have been able to help nearly as many families.” 

Join us this year on Friday, October 15, 2021, for the 11th Annual Emerson Rose Heart Foundation Golf Tournament at Smithfields Country Club in Easley, SC. Check out how you can be a part of the event either as a golfer, sponsor, or volunteer by visiting the Golf Tournament page on our website listed under the Events tab. 

Flash forward to February of this year, our ERHF community gathered together online to celebrate Heart Month, a month dedicated to cardiovascular health. We specifically focused on discussing congenital heart defects and raising awareness of our mission. During the month, ERHF held our Give a Heart of Hope campaign, where we raised $7,689.36 to put toward our mission of supporting families and raising awareness about congenital heart defects. This was incredible because ERHF surpassed our goal of $5,000 by $2,689.36! We sincerely would not have been able to do it without you. 

Shortly after heart month came to a close, ERHF hired an executive director, David Eill. 

Eill was drawn to this role not only because of “the opportunity to serve those in need,” but also “the ability to share the hope that God offers to them, that in their darkest days God has provided his Son, Jesus, who lived, died and rose from the dead to conquer sin and death for those who place faith in him. I get the privilege to point those who are hurting to the one who will make all the sad things untrue one day and provide them comfort in their pain now.”  

As for his plans with our foundation, Eill would like to make it a goal to help 600 families within the next three years while also continuing to provide seed money for research that will have significant impacts on patients. Finally, he would like to make it a goal for ERHF to be the first organization someone in our state thinks of when they or someone they know is suffering from CHDs.

Eill speaks on ERHF, saying, “What I love the most about ERHF is that we are on the frontlines with patients and research so we have the opportunity to share about the One who not only can heal the body but ultimately can save our soul. I love that I get to speak the Gospel’s good news into people’s hard situations to encourage and bring them hope. That is what ERHF is all about! Meeting needs and bringing good news.”

As you can see, Eill is already off to a great start with ERHF and plans to grow the foundation through not only research but discipleship. When you have a chance, give a friendly, warm welcome to David and his family as they begin their journey with ERHF.

With all of these significant changes occurring, ERHF decided now was a great time to gather and connect with our heart friends and family! On Saturday, June 26, 2021, some members of our heart family connected with us at the River Shoals Clubho