How We Help:

Hearts for Russ funds and collaborates with non profit organizations on a myriad of projects and programs that align with their mission statement. All of the non profit organizations have a similar mission statement and we work together to work towards success with organ donation awareness

School Speaking Program:  LI TRIO

 The Long Island TRIO volunteers speak at High Schools and Universities teaching students about transplantation while each recipient tells his or her personal story from the heart. At the same time, a conversation about organ donation and saving lives is conducted and the students provide comments and feedback at the end of each class.   LI TRIO also provides current information with respect to developments in organ and tissue donation, transplantation, medications, social issues, and finances to transplant candidates, recipients, donors, and their families. We inform medical students, healthcare professionals, transplant candidates, recipients and their families, donors and donor families about initiatives and protocols in the field of transplantation. To date, over 78,000 students have seen and heard special classes led by LI TRIO volunteers; 7200 students have been reached this year alone. (2017)

Since  we have began funding this program we have funded a film in which 3 transplant recipient survivors

tell their stories.  This film has won quite a few awards including Grand Jury Award at American Filmatic Awards, Best Short Documentary at Big Apple Film Festival and New York Short Tuesdays and finally Official Selection at Albany Film Festival, Queens World Film Festival, SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY, Hell's Kitchen NYC Festival and Chain Film Winter Weekend. The film can be previewed below:

Emergency Fund: Haboring Hearts

This program is aimed to aleviate the financial burden of having a transplant. this fund provides emergency housing, transportation and food to patients and their families. In recognizing that having family close by aids in healing, this support is meant to be a safety net for families in this critical time of need. In 2018 this program has provided support to 171 families. These funds are delivered in close collaboration with social workers in the cardiac care units of the following New York City hospitals: NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center, NYU & North Shore University Hospital. For more information, contact


Organ Procurement Training Pilot Program: Northwell Health

When a loved one passes on and is eligible to be an organ donor, the question of wether or not the family would like to donate their organs is most of the time, unsuccessful. WIth proper training and education provided with this program the hope is that the newly trained employees will improve the consent and donor conversion rate. This program will allow the employees to be trained and feel more comfortable of asking the difficult question and provide support throughout losing their loved one more effectively. 

Community Events: 
Beautification of the Eisenhower Park Rose Garden in Honor of Organ Donors: LI TRIO

At the annual event, donors and donor families are honored. Individual roses are presented to all of our honorees. from the Rose Garden. Some Donor families speak and share their stories. Some of our younger transplant recipients not only speak eloquently at the event but also help distribute the roses to each donor family as the name of their loved one is called. Living donors are also called up to receive a rose as living donors are honored and personally thanked at the event. The beautification of the event allowed for a bigger garden, a plaque in honor of Russ Housman and bricks to be engraved for each recipients donor. 


Met Game: LI TRIO

July 5th, 2019

Annually LI TRIO gathers donors and recipients in the transplant community to walk around the mets game field at Citi Field. This year there was a PSA video which can be seen here featuring Lauren Shields, creator of Laurens Law which requires you to check "yes" or "skip this question" when renewing your drivers license or obtaining a permit. 

In addition, Hearts for Russ has created the following videos with the plan for the addition of others:
Directed by Michael Drucker, Delusions International
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