The time off work and other expenses that often follow heart surgery can create serious financial stress for some patients, especally for working-poor and impoverished patients. Humble Hearts was established to help in just this type of situation.
The fund was started when heart-attack survivor Paul Smith decided he didn’t want anyone else to have to go through the financial hardships he endured after his double bypass surgery. He needed several weeks to recover from his surgery, but because he works on commission, he became unable to pay for basic necessities like rent, food and utilities. So as soon as he recovered, he dedicated his efforts to establishing the Humble Hearts Fund, which now provides temporary assistance to heart patients and their families who suffer loss of income due to medical expenses, lack of insurance, or loss of life.