About Karing Hearts

Why "Karing Hearts"?

Yes, we know that typically “caring” is spelled with a C. We’ve chosen the name “Karing Hearts Cardiology” with a K, as a tribute to Kari Elizabeth Schoondyke, Dr. Schoondyke’s daughter, who passed away at 7 months old in 2009.

If you’re a parent, you know having a child will change how you view most everything. But being a cardiologist, and having your child die from a congenital heart defect changes EVERYTHING.

Kari was born on August 13, 2008. Within a matter of days my medical training lead me to believe something wasn’t right. It was confirmed that our precious daughter had a life-threatening congenital heart defect. At nine days old Kari underwent her first open-heart surgery. While considered a success, it was always known Kari would need more heart surgeries as she grew. At seven months old, it was time for her next operation. She went into the hospital on March 19, 2009 for her second open-heart surgery, from which she would not recover. We lost Kari at 12:46 pm on April 7, 2009.

Kari's Heart Foundation

As a result of Kari’s illness, struggles and tragic passing, our family was led to pass on the love and support we received to others who may be experiencing a health-care crisis. While in the hospital with Kari, our family soon realized that many other families did not have the financial or social resources they required while their child was hospitalized, for what was sometimes, an extended period of time.

That’s why we started Kari’s Heart Foundation. It’s a non-profit organization created to give support to these families, with the goal of making an unimaginable situation just a little better. For more information on the services we provide, and our many fundraising efforts, please visit us at www.karisheartfoundation.org.

When I decided that I wanted to start my own cardiology practice, and treat patients the way I felt they need to be treated, in a caring, compassionate way, it just seemed natural to choose the name Karing Hearts Cardiology.