Jackson was born with half a heart. He has congenital heart defects, pulmonary hypertension, and double inlet left ventricle. He has had 5 open heart surgeries so far. He has 3 siblings and one on the way who has also been diagnosed with a heart defect. 

Jackson after open heart surgeryWe are a family of 6, about to be 7 in the next few weeks! We have a 12-year-old, 6-year-old, 5-year-old, 3-year-old and soon to be newborn! Our 5-year-old is our heart warrior who has undergone 5 open heart surgeries. We moved to Texas for the Children’s hospital, and we are waiting his 6th open heart surgery!

Our little one we are expecting has recently been diagnosed with a hole in her heart, so we officially now have 2 heart babies. It’s a tough road, but with all the love and support from our friends and family, we make it through time after time! Hearts of Hope network has been so good to us, helping us provide for Christmases and other things when we were struggling and we couldn’t be more thankful!



Hearts of Hope Network is here to help Jackson’s family. Because of generous donations and support, we have sent Tony’s Hugs packages to each member of this family and are here to help throughout their journey.

If you would like to continue following Jackson’s journey, his family has created a Facebook page to update everyone on his progress. You can follow along at Facebook.com/JacksonCruzWert.


Here at Hearts of Hope Network, every case is different and unique in its own way. We want to always be here to stand with these families in their time of need and beyond. Every donation goes toward supporting these families, and every donor is a part of showing these families that they are NOT alone. 

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