Opening Hearts is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and inspire many people. It was inspired by one family’s trials with raising an young child with special needs.
About Treva Bassett
Treva Bassett was born in 2004 with a genetic condition called DiGeorge Syndrome. Being hit hard physically with this condition, she spent 16 of her first 19 months of life in hospital. During this time her family saw her spend many nights in intensive care, fighting off potentially fatal diseases and infections. Treva had her first open-heart surgery when she was 13 days old. Only a few months later, her mother saw Treva go into cardiac arrest, which she came through by the skills of the medical professionals and the Grace of God.
Over the past 11 years, Treva has grown stronger, but she still faces many challenges. One of these challenges was a second open-heart surgery which was conducted just a couple of years ago.
About Her Family
Treva’s family faced many challenges over these years. The financial, physical and emotional toll has been considerable. Knowing they had to remain strong for their entire family including Treva’s brother, Atticus, Treva’s parents found strength and meaning in her journey by sharing their story to help others.
They have done numerous talks in the community to open people’s hearts and minds to the challenges of raising a child with special needs. Treva’s parents, Randy and Susan, have sat on a number of boards and committees in hope of helping others by sharing their experiences. In recognition for their community work, they were awarded Hamilton Regional as well as Ontario Provincial awards for their work in helping and educating others in this area.
About The Team
Opening Hearts was co-founded by Treva’s parents and it is run by a Board of Directors which includes Randy and Susan as well a number of other members of the community. Together this team covers a wide spectrum of skills and community involvement including educators, senior managers and business owners.
Individually, each member of this team radiates with the passion to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families.
Collectively, this passion makes Opening Hearts unstoppable in its mission.