Mended Hearts Chapter 199 is hosting a Fall Color/Lake History Cruise on the Celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, from Bagnell Dam to support efforts to assist heart patients.Boarding begins at 12:30 p.m. for the two-hour cruise featuring a cash bar and food. Cost is $25 per person. To book go to www.CruiseLakeoftheOzarks.com, or call 573-480-3212.

Mended Hearts Chapter 199 is hosting a Fall Color/Lake History Cruise on the Celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, from Bagnell Dam to support efforts to assist heart patients.

Boarding begins at 12:30 p.m. for the two-hour cruise featuring a cash bar and food. Cost is $25 per person. To book go to www.CruiseLakeoftheOzarks.com, or call 573-480-3212.

Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers.

Mended Hearts is the largest cardiovascular support organization in the world. Mended Hearts has been offering education, support and hope to all types of heart patients and their families for over 65 years.

Mended Hearts meets monthly at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach at noon every second Thursday. Meeting topics are normally focused on topics of interest to heart patients. Anyone that has experienced a heart event is invited to attend the support group meeting.

Founded by Dr. Dwight E. Harken, The Mended Hearts was started with four of Dr. Harken’s open heart surgery patients. In January 1951 Dr. Harken asked Doris Silliman, one of the first 50 patients to ever have heart surgery, and three other post-surgery heart patients – Keith Otto, Alford Santimassino and Elizabeth Wilkinson – to meet at the hospital.

They spoke of their new feeling of well-being, their plans and hopes for the future — and with renewed happiness they spoke of their “mended hearts.” They realized how wonderful it would be to provide support and help others facing the same experience.

With the assistance of Dr. Harken they formed an organization, wrote up a charter and planned their membership contacts with the aid of the hospital workers. They called themselves the Mended Hearts. They often spoke of how great it was to be alive and to help others.

We have over 300 local chapters and satellites nationwide, and partners with 460 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. Mended Hearts offers services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums.

The local Mended Hearts Chapter 199 has been providing patient and family support since 1991. During that time, thousands of local heart patients have been offered the support of their peers to help them move from their heart event to again become active members of the community.