DJ’s Hope 4 Hearts was established to follow DJ’s lead of helping others and assist families who are touched by childhood heart diseases. When a child becomes sick, it is a life changing event for the entire family. Beyond the stress of an ill child, parents face additional worries including medical and medication costs, navigating time off of work, and finding childcare for siblings. Even families with insurance often have significant financial obligations since even the best insurance might not cover all costs. For example, some illnesses require lifelong medication, which may only be partially covered. Additionally, there are costs associated with daily trips to the hospital (including food and sometimes overnight lodging). Frankly, it can be overwhelming as all of the costs add up, while a parent is just trying to care for their ill child.