The Story of Young Hearts

Young Hearts was founded after Danielle Chesney started a mentoring relationship with a young boy named Dean, who lost his mother to colon cancer March 14th, 2020.

The story of Young Hearts began with Dean, who lost his mother to colon cancer in March of 2020; I lost my own mother to breast cancer when I was just 13.  Over time – and more than a few shed tears – Dean and I developed a mentor/mentee relationship. Once while leaving Chick-fil-A Dean turned to me and asked, “Do you think my mom wishes she was still here with me today?” I often thought the same question as a young girl.  I understood that I was in a rare position to understand that Dean was not necessarily looking for an answer, this was his way of expressing grief.  It was, and has been, my honor to be there for Dean as he works through the hurt and confusion a child faces when they lose a parent.

Little has changed since I lost my mother years ago, far too many children are left to cope with the loss of a parent with, at best, a handful of family members who themselves are struggling with the loss.  One in seven American children will lose a parent before the age of 20.  In Kentucky alone, one in ten children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18.  One in ten children in Kentucky will face significant mental health issues, including severe depression and anxiety, related to the loss of a parent or sibling.

Additionally, study after study has shown that the loss of a close family member can lead children to suffer from severe developmental delays which, without intervention, can evolve into life-long struggles.  Young Hearts aims alleviate these issues that plague children already suffering from immeasurable loss.

Danielle Marie Chesney
Founder & President

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