Hearts for Russ is dedicated to making a difference in organ transplantation. Since 2014, we have been raising funds for non-profit organizations that are working to increase participation in the organ donation registry, and supporting patients and families undergoing transplants.

We ask you to join us in our quest to save lives through the miracle of transplantation.

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Hearts for Russ could not be more proud to announce that this year with your generosity we have raised over $42,000! We are so excited for what's to come.
Check out clips from the event below:

Hearts for Russ 2021 Awardees

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Dr. Linda Addonizio

Dr. Addonizio pioneered the pediatric transplant program at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, ultimately serving as Director of Pediatric Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure and Transplantation at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.  She has impacted the lives of countless children and families and is recognized for her decades-long career and steadfast support of the transplant community.

Glenda Daggert & Ira Copperman 

Glenda and Ira have been a part of the organ donation and transplantation world for more than 20 years since Glenda received a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant from an unknown deceased donor in June, 1999.  Their leadership and contributions to numerous organ donation organizations have made a profound difference and saved lives.

The Miller Family

Following the sudden passing of Laura Miller (Susan's daughter, Sara's sister) in 2009, Sara and Susan have turned their unspeakable tragedy into action, awareness and personal growth.  Sara founded the non-profit Student Organ Donation Advocates (SODA) which has chapters in over 40 colleges and high schools nationwide.  Susan has written a beautiful, inspiring and educational book called Permission to Thrive: My Journey from Grief to Growth.

Long Island TRIO

in association with Hearts For Russ



Gifts of Life: Profiles in Courage from the Transplant Community

Directed by Michael Drucker, Delusions International featuring Shelby Caban, Jennifer Lentini and Jack Cloonan
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Support Our Misson

New York State has one of the lowest organ donor registration rates in the nation. Hundreds of New Yorkers die each year waiting for a transplant, while just one donor can save up to eight lives.

Consider donating to our mission to help change that.