The Compassion Gala: Honorees Announced

At this year’s Compassion Gala on May 9th, Heart to Heart International will present two distinguished awards to two very deserving honorees.

Scroll down for more info on the Compassion Gala and to make your reservations!


US Army Major General Gary J. VoleskyThe Power of One

The Power of One award is presented to an individual that exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of crisis or disaster by significantly supporting Heart to Heart International’s mission to provide humanitarian healthcare to those in need.

As Commander of the military component of the United States response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Major General Volesky led U.S. troops into every corner of Liberia over the course of five months to build Ebola treatment units, establish field laboratories, and to provide logistical and operational support.

2015 Power of One Award recipient:

US Army Major General Gary J. Volesky



AAFP Foundation LogoHeart for Humanity

The Heart for Humanity award is presented to a group, organization or company that exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of disaster by supporting Heart to Heart International through monetary, volunteer and gift-in-kind support.

The AAFP Foundation has worked side-by-side with HHI for more than 20 years in humanitarian initiatives, providing patient care, medical education and training, service to children, and support for disaster relief. Currently, the AAFP Foundation program, Family Medicine Cares International, brings volunteers and resources to improve the lives and health of the people of Haiti.

“By providing patient care, medical training and volunteer work in Haiti, the AAFP Foundation has worked with us to expand access to healthcare for so many. The AAFP Foundation has shown they truly have a heart for humanity” – Jim Mitchum, HHI chief executive officer.

2015 Heart for Humanity award recipient:

American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation



Presented by:

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Power & Light District
61 East 14th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105

6:00 pm ~ 11:00 pm


All proceeds to benefit Heart to Heart International and our humanitarian efforts around the world.

The Hike with Heart 2015

HWH-Logo-color-012663 miles.  Five months. One hiker.

Inspired by a passion for the outdoors, 24 year old Nathaniel Farmer is tackling the Pacific Crest Trail.  Stretching 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada, the PCT winds through three western states and takes a hiker through some of the most remote mountain wilderness found in the US.

Nathaniel has two goals – hike the entire PCT & raise $10,000 for Heart to Heart International* while doing it.

Look below for Hike Updates, see the route Nathaniel is taking and support the effort with a t-shirt!

Get the Shirt!

Show your support by purchasing an official Hike with Heart shirt.  When you buy one of these cool shirts – you’re helping Nathaniel reach his fundraising goal!

Ten dollars of each shirt sold goes directly to support Heart to Heart International!

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Women’s styles available.  Buy both styles and double your donation!

Hike Updates

June 22

Nathaniel reaches the halfway point of the Hike with Heart timeline.  Many more miles to go!  Read Trail Post…

June 6

Nathaniel summits Mt. Whitney – the highest point in the lower 48 and hikes through a snowy Forester Pass – the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Read Trail Post…

June 2

“And we’re done with 700 miles of desert and 2 days away from the highest summit in the continental U.S.”  Read Trail Post…

May 21

Today we passed mile 500 and tomorrow we attempt our first 30+ mile day…”  Read Trail Post…

May 14

Since Big Bear we’ve hiked over 100 miles just past Wrightwood to mile 386.5 before getting beaten back to town by a nice snow/ice/sleet combo.  Hopefully this is the last time we have to deal with frigid temps and precipitation until the Sierra’s.”   Read Trail Post…

May 9

Since Idyllwild we’ve hiked through miles of 60 mph winds and arrived at Big Bear just before the snow.  So much for the nice Southern California weather you always hear about.”  Read Trail Post…

May 2

There was a 48 hour stretch of bad, wet weather.  I didn’t even bring rain pants for this section since it’s SoCal and they’re in the worst drought they’ve known.”  Read Trail Post…

April 22, 2015 – the Hike with Heart begins!

Nathaniel began his trek today, hoping to get 20 miles under him before the day is out.

April 21, 2015 – Departure Day

Nathaniel Farmer left his St. Louis area home bound for San Diego.  From there, he’ll travel to the southernmost trailhead of the Pacific Crest Trail along the Mexican border and begin trekking north.

April 16, 2015

Nathaniel has been preparing for months – gathering gear, prepping food supplies, and getting his body in shape for the arduous journey.  In this short video he has a little fun with his prep and workout routine.




The Route

Click the map to explore the entire Hike with Heart route and discover more about the Pacific Crest Trail.

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*Nathaniel Farmer chose Heart to Heart International because of our mission to improve health access and provide relief aid to people in the US and around the world, and because of our reputation for donation efficiency.

A New CEO for Heart to Heart International

Jim Mitchum #1Heart to Heart International Inc. (HHI), one of America’s leading humanitarian organizations, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jim Mitchum as its new Chief Executive Officer.

A Kansas City resident, Mitchum most recently served as the President of the Americas for EUSA Pharma in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

“It will be an honor to lead and to help grow this inspiring organization at a time when natural disasters and the need for humanitarian assistance occur so frequently,” said Mitchum.

Mitchum has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical world, having held President, CEO and other senior-level executive positions for companies in the US and internationally.

Learn more about Jim Mitchum’s executive background

“Jim rose to the top,” said Bob Lambrechts, HHI board member and search committee chair, “due to a number of factors including his pharmaceutical industry experience, his international business acumen, and a long-standing personal philosophy that matches with Heart to Heart International.”

Mitchum takes the helm at Heart to Heart International on September 2, 2014.


Third Annual 5K Trail Run for Haiti – Sign Up Now!

It’s time to lace up your running shoes for the third annual 5K Trail Run for Haiti!  This cross-country style trail run raises money to support our work in Haiti.  Run or walk just more than three miles and you will be making a positive impact for the people of Haiti.

The 5K Trail Run for Haiti meanders through the woods and fields of a park in southern Johnson County, KS.  It’s summertime, so prepare for a warm, muggy morning run.

WHEN: Saturday, July 12, 2014

WHAT TIME:  Race begins a t 7:30AM

WHERE:  Lone Elm Park (map) in Olathe, Kansas

HOW MUCH TO ENTER: $25 – Adults; $20 – Children 13 & under

Learn more about the run/walk and sign up for the 5K Trail Run for Haiti.



HHI Presented with INMED Humanitarian Crisis Award

INMED_AWARD_1Recently, Heart to Heart International was awarded by the Institute of International Medicine with the 2013 Humanitarian Crisis Award, for our dedication to disaster response and continuing efforts in Haiti.  We’re very honored to be recognized with this.

The Institute of International Medicine, INMED, is a Kansas City, Missouri based non-profit organization that equips healthcare professionals and students and provides courses, curriculum, and training experiences for those who wish to serve in global health and cross-cultural contexts.

From INMED: The INMED Humanitarian Crisis Award recognizes organizations that provide exemplary disaster response services for highly vulnerable communities. In doing so, such organizations highlight the value of life and provide an exemplary model for us all.


5K Trail Run for Haiti 2013

See below for registration info for the second annual 5K Trail Run for Haiti…

The second annual Trail Run for Haiti steps off in August – the hottest time of the year in the Kansas City Metro.

This 5K run/walk through the trails and woods is meant to symbolize the distance and conditions that many Haitians travel to access healthcare. Heart to Heart International, with its staff of Haitian medical professionals and American medical volunteers, is working to broaden access to quality healthcare for the numerous patients that travel these distances.

When:  Saturday, August 24, 2013, Sign-in 6:00AM ~ Race starts at 7:00AM
Where: Lone Elm Park, Olathe, Kansas (map)
Entry Fee:  $35 adults ~ $20 children 12 & under

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This is a trail-type run (cross country style) and parts may be on uneven ground. Strollers (with larger sized tires) are welcome.
It will be hot, as in Haiti Hot, so please prepare
for hot and humid conditions.

Click for more info and to sign up to Run!

“Moore”-Hattans take Kansas City

The US Bartender’s Guild Kansas City and the Dark Horse Distillery of Lenexa, Kansas have come up with a great idea to raise funds for Heart to Heart International’s Disaster Response Fund and the work we’ve done for the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

They created a ‘new’ drink they’re calling the “Moore”-Hattan.

For an $8 donation a patron gets a hand-crafted “Moore”-Hattan at select Kansas City Metro drinking establishments. The fundraising promotion runs until June 14th.

“Moore”-Hattans are found at these fine locations:

“Rock for Relief” to Benefit Disaster Fund; Moore, Oklahoma

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Come Monday, June 3rd, the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, Missouri is going to Rock for Relief!

Seven bands are coming together to put on a benefit concert to raise money for Heart to Heart International’s Disaster Relief Fund, in order to fund our on-going relief efforts in Moore, Oklahoma and to prepare to respond to future disasters.

The benefit is the brainchild of a group called MidCoast Cares.  “MidCoast Cares was created by an army of do-gooders to help with relief for Joplin tornado victims in 2011,” said Sondra Freeman, director of promotions for Midwest Music Foundation and owner at Sistrum Enterprises. “The benefit for Moore happens exactly two years and two days after the Joplin benefit took place at Crosstown Station, at which we raised more than $10,000 for Heart to Heart International. We hope to raise that, and much more, at this year’s event.”

We’re very excited about this concert!  Here’s more info, and the bands that will play Monday night…

The Beautiful Bodies
Six Percent
Antennas Up
Not a Planet
She’s a Keeper
Cover Me Badd

Doors open at 6pm

Tickets are available at the door for a $10 donation.
A $20 donation at the door gets attendees a VIP pass that includes two drink tickets and access to a VIP lounge area. The first 75 VIP entrants receive a limited edition commemorative t-shirt.

Silent auction and raffles items include season passes to Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, tickets to upcoming concerts such as The Postal Service and Kenny Chesney, passes to the Kansas City Zoo, T-Bones tickets, local gifts cards and much more.
For more details on the concert, silent auction and raffle items, visit:

Moore, OK Boy Seeks Aid from Heart to Heart

Moore KMBC The ABC affiliate from Kansas City, KMBC-TV, is in Moore, Oklahoma, just one of the many news operations in the city covering the tornado disaster, the aftermath and the clean-up.  One of their news crews captured a wonderful story of survival, about a boy who was trapped in his school by the EF-5 tornado.

His father brought him to get medical treatment on the Heart to Heart Mobile Medical Unit, which is set up in middle of the relief operations.  As Heart to Heart volunteers treated the boy, KMBC documented his story onboard the MMU.  Here’s the video, the story starts about 1:00 in: