Gift from the Heart / Dar Serca Foundation Helping children to receive medical treatments they urgently need / Pomagamy chorym i niepelnosprawnym dzieciom Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:22:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2017 Summer Camp Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:56:33 +0000 Summer Camp started in June and is popular as ever. All kids enjoy activities that Justyna Koziol organizes for them, with a great help from a group of volunteers. Last Sunday the group left for one-week-long field trip to Marianville Campground in Michigan.  The place, owned by Marian Szymanski of Avenue Food Mart, is the best location for summer fun and our kids love to be there year after year.  Mr. Szymanski offers this place at no charge since 2012 and we appreciate his generosity so very much. While Marian Szymanski gives the place, Halina & Stanislaw Urbaniak of Montrose Food Mart & Deli, every year take care of  food, Alexandra Pierogi’s owners Marek & Alexandra Dembicki – donated delicious pierogis and Wiklanski Bakery – rolls & breads. Thank you so very much for making it possible for kids to have a very special summer again.

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2017 Cruisin’ for Charity Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:41:39 +0000 DSC_0149  DSC_0170 DSC_0173 DSC_0189 DSC_0197 DSC_0198 DSC_0206 DSC_0209 DSC_0215 DSC_0216 DSC_0220 DSC_0222 DSC_0230 IMG_2664 IMG_2621 IMG_2666 IMG_2656 IMG_2654 IMG_2644 IMG_2643 IMG_2641 IMG_2638 IMG_2634 IMG_2633 IMG_2622 IMG_2620 FullSizeRender IMG_2647

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Children in 2017 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:24:13 +0000 Emilka, Agatka, Haneczka, Jagodka i Lenka - male zdjecie  Group of children that are staying with us at the present time

Tomus Cieciorko w trakcie leczenia (1) Tomus Cieciorko w trakcie leczenia (2)  Tomasz is 3 years old and afflicted with retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye that occurs in children. But, thanks to Dr. David Abramson and the amazing surgical staff at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Westchester, NY, Tomasz is now cancer free. Dr. Abramson performed an enucleation; completely removing Tomasz’s right eye and any surrounding cancer cells. He has to return to the US every three months for check-ups and rehabilitation, including adjustments and replacements of his prosthetic eye as he grows

Emilka z lewej  Emilia (on the left) – patient at NorthShore University Clinic in Highland Park, IL

Hania Kamyk i Agataka Szczypior Agatka i Haneczka Kamyk, Hania po operacji  IMG_3975  Agata and Hania are patients at NorthShore University Clinic in Highland Park, IL

Marcin, Dawid i Malgosia (1) Marcin, David and Malgosia at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL ; Dawid Dawidek - beforeis one of those successful stories that dr. Paley constantly delivers

Dawidek - AfterDawid before treatment             Dawidek z Dr. PaleyDawid after the treatment; here with dr. Paley

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2017 Polish Constitution Day Parade Mon, 15 May 2017 17:55:20 +0000 3 2 5 6 11 12 1 4 7 8 9 10 13

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Interesting encounters, unforgetable moments Fri, 05 May 2017 15:11:02 +0000 One of the highlights of this year’s Spring Ball silent auction was a painting by well known and established Polish artist, Izabela Josh. The painting, called  “A Dancer”  was a donation of Mr. & Mrs. Jan Moranski from Poland. Thank you Brigida  and Jan Moranski for such a generous donation. The bidders tried their best and we are happy to inform that the painting found a new home. The monetary result  went straight towards foundation’s children. Thank you all for making it happen.

Obraz Izabela Josh – the artist

DSC_0152 Here the painting  as a part of this year’s silent auction, viewed by the guests


Thanks to our dear volunteer Ola Walkowiak, all the children that are recuperating after surgeries had a chance to discover the Mississippi River hand on. The weather wasn’t exactly cooperating but it was nothing in comparison to the fun that they all had. Thank you Ola! 1 2 3



Andzelika with Miss West Palm Beach Andzelika is still at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. but feeling very special due to a surprise visit of Miss West Palm Beach who brought loads of presents.


Here’s an example of activities that all children who attend GFHF Saturday Workshop classes have a chance to enjoy: they started with learning about healthy living/eating, a presentation by professionals in this field

1 tenhen, everyone’s favorite – Zumba dance practicing   2 Next, Ala Farhat, an artist painter from Israel,  gave lessons of fine art and painting technics, 3 4 followed by Maria Klich, a bio therapist, who showed some healing and soothing skills 5 And then all enjoyed an hour of bowling at Kings Bowling – a very friendly place that welcomes our children every time they come.6 Thank you all for making our classes so much more interesting!


Last Saturday was very exciting : Highlander Riders paid a visit and roamed around with children, and their parents (who couldn’t resist the opportunity ) on their cool bikes. The visit, that became yearly tradition is always well prepared by bikers: there’s plenty of fresh pizza, games, rides and lots & lots of fun. Thank you Highlander Riders! You’re the best! IMG_3279 IMG_3329 IMG_3299 IMG_3250 IMG_3308 IMG_3246 IMG_3252 IMG_3238 IMG_3227 IMG_3205 IMG_3222 IMG_3221 More photos at the bottom of the Home Page.


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IMG_3179 IMG_3098 IMG_3113 IMG_3156  Last Sunday children were invited by members of Joseph Conrad Yacht Club, especially V-ce Comander  Ms. Anna Grochowska,  to get aboard  of one of their yachts & cruise mighty waters of lake Michigan. What a thrill! Looks like it is a beginning of a very special friendship. Thank you!


MAK Memorial Golf Outing 2014 organized by Theresa and Ed Krawczyk as always brought big number of participants as well as Dar Serca’s children. They enjoyed the invitation very much. Thank you Theresa and Ed!

Theresa and Ed Krawczyk   Alan had lots of fun playing at the club house  Damian had an opportunity to thank everyone involved in organizing the tournament and the participants  for their constant support and friendship



It was a very special weekend for all children that are staying at Paley’s Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. when Tadeusz Drozda, well-known Polish artist/actor, Mateusz Kusznierewicz – famous Polish sailor and members of our Board of Directors paid them a visit . To make it even more special, all the children received gift certificates  Thank you!

American Polish Club of Florida organized a fundraiser with our children in mind and presented children with check for $2,842 Thank you members of American Polish Club for such a great financial support and your friendship.



Zuzanna had so much to talk about with famous Polish band Lombard members when they came to visit with her on Monday.


   Andrzej Szopa, well known Polish actor paid Zuzanna a visit last week.  Along with him came Dr. Aleksy Dobradin. It is always fun to have visitors at Dar Serca and, what is most important, kids love such visits.



Last Tuesday, Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk paid children a visit; despite his very busy schedule before Friday’s important fight, Krzysztof found time to chat with them, give autographs and take pictures. Thank you for such a nice time!  More photos at the bottom of the home page.


Check out the story ran in recent weekend edition of Dziennik Zwiazkowy

    Gift From the Heart was honored that Polish reality star and supermodel Joanna Krupa visited the children of Gift From the Heart Foundation yesterday. Joanna toured the house and enjoyed an afternoon of company with the children and senior and junior board members of Gift From the Heart Foundation. Joanna is in town to promote her own charity that she recently started “Angels for Animal Rescue”. Thank you again Joanna and thank you Laurel Bridal Gallery for sponsoring toys for the children.


 Last Saturday Jacek Ferdyn , one of those wonderful people who always find ways to spent time with GFHF children, took Rafal, Zuzanna  and Lester around Chicago,   and to the Field Museum Before very important fight this Friday at White Sox Stadium  and Mr. Werner’s permission Artur Szpilka  could spent some time with Teo. We are also grateful that Andrzej Fonfara found the time to meet with Teo as well. ****************************************   Today famous and successful fighter, Andrzej Fonfara, paid us a visit; children loved it!   Every single one of them got signed photo of the fighter and take a picture with him. Thank you Andrzej and good luck at upcoming big boxing event at White Sox Stadium! Famous and adored by millions Polish actor Jan Kobuszewski at Dar Serca;   ELENI at Copernicus Center with Wiktoria, Mateusz, Marcin and Olivia  WICI Dance Theater at Summer Party   Well known boxing champion Adamek is always ready to help children (here at GFHF Annual Radiothon in NY);    Another boxer Andrzej Fonfara (with Alan)that wears WBO NABO title very often visits our children and attends various fund-raisers;   Group of actors from Warsaw’s Teather spent some time at Dar Serca;

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2017 Spring Ball – Flower Power Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:21:09 +0000 DSC_9936 DSC_9945 DSC_9883 DSC_0654 DSC_0125 DSC_0152 DSC_0576 DSC_0577 DSC_0578 DSC_0579 DSC_0582 DSC_0588 DSC_0611 DSC_0612 DSC_0614 DSC_0618 DSC_0619 DSC_0591 DSC_0660 DSC_0661 DSC_0665 DSC_0666 DSC_9883 DSC_0593 DSC_0595 DSC_0690 DSC_0656 DSC_0624 DSC_0574 FullSizeRender IMG_2239 IMG_2242 IMG_2243 IMG_2244 IMG_2246 IMG_2247 IMG_2249 IMG_2251 IMG_2253 IMG_2255  zdjecie DSC_0601 IMG_2256 IMG_2334 IMG_2335 DSC_0157 DSC_0144 DSC_0074 DSC_0068 DSC_0158 DSC_0165 DSC_0171 DSC_0180 DSC_0189 DSC_0198 DSC_0211 DSC_9775 DSC_9781 DSC_9790 DSC_9793 DSC_9795 DSC_9797 DSC_9798 DSC_9806 DSC_9809 DSC_9815 DSC_9821 DSC_9828 DSC_9845 DSC_9854 DSC_9858 DSC_9861 DSC_9863 DSC_9866 DSC_9900 DSC_9907 DSC_9914 DSC_9915 IMG_2336 IMG_2337 IMG_2338 IMG_2348 IMG_2351 IMG_2353 IMG_2354 IMG_2355 IMG_2357 IMG_2358 IMG_2359 IMG_2360 IMG_2361 IMG_2362 IMG_2366 IMG_2367 IMG_2368 IMG_3917 IMG_3920 IMG_3925 IMG_3934 IMG_3939 IMG_3948 IMG_3950

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Radiothon 2017 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:00:41 +0000 Our Annual Radiothon is just around the corner. On Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th please tune in to 1030/1300AM and 104.7FM radio station to listen & participate.  We promise a very engaging and fun program.  From dawn to late evening you will be able to listen to interesting interviews, meet GFHF children, bid on very interesting & desirable items auctioned both days and more …  Financial results of last year’s Radiothon made in part possible for us to help 44 children. We count on you this year too. Let’s not disappoint many children that are waiting for our assistance in receiving so needed medical treatments.  If you would like to use some free air-time to plug-in your business during our Radiothon, feel free to contact us right away at 847-671-2711 for details.


We have exciting items to be auctioned during the Radiothon. Here are examples for you to view and decide what to bid on:

1 HOCKKaneToewsAUTO2PuckPhoto 1 Jimmy Butler - Bulls 1 KaneAUTOCap 1 Kris Bryant 1 MessiAUTOCleat  Anthony Rizzo Opal ring (2) Ikona Bryant jersey 1 Agata Kornhauser-Duda FullSizeRender (2) IMG_3152 IMG_3149 IMG_6620 IMG_6619


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Valentine’s Day Party for Kids Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:27:22 +0000 valentines party-001  Best Valentine’s Party for kids is going to be at GFHF/Dar Serca this Sunday !! Come with your kids, your friends kids and all the kids from the neighborhood . From 1 pm – 4 pm  you and the children will enjoy games, dances, face-coloring, snacks, sweets and more!

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Lottery 2016 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:02:10 +0000 Our Lottery  results are in!  Here are the lucky numbers:

1st Prize – # 257

2nd Prize – # 13690

3rd Prize – # 1488

Congratulations to the winners !  And to all – thank you for participating!

Lena and Wiktoria were doing actual drawing at Polish Radio Station 1030/1300AM. Their moms, Dorothy Malachowski and Izabela Rybak were also present there.

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Children in 2016 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:29:43 +0000 We were lucky to be able to help 40 children in 2016. All of them sweet and smart and very brave. We are so proud of all of them to overcome  grueling endeavors they often faced, the pain and the tears. We wish each and everyone of them all the best. To our friends and sponsors: on behalf of these children and all of us at the Foundation we thank you so very much and thank you for making it possible !

Bulat, Bartus Cieciorko Tomek- 7 Danil, Zuzia Dzieciolowska Martynka Jastrowicz, Matylda - zd.2 Koryczan,, Emilek Krawiec, kacper SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Kubica Jas - zd. 2 Kwiatkowski Michalek - zd 2 Lena Makuch i Tomczak Malinowska, Karolinka Matuszewska, Laura Matysiak W- zd 1 Mazurek Lenka Patryk (2) Pietraszewska, Hania Plochocka, Anielka zd 2 Popek, Lester w szpitalu Rogalska, Lenka 2 Sadzi- Ksawery - zdj Sasinowski, Artur przed operacja '16 Skoczek, Marcin 2 (2) Skowyrski, Dawidek Superman OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sredzinski Gabrys Szmyt, Jas- stoi Tchorzewska, Marysia Tomczak Malgosia '16 Wawrzycka, Lenka - zd. 1 Wieczorek - amelka - po operacji 16 Wietuski, Adam (2) Wrobel,Piotrus - w walzce Zabierzowska Pola - zd.2 (2) Darlak Wiktoria Koluch, Zuzia

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