Project Sunshine volunteers Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, left, and Miss USA Olivia Jordan spend time with patient Angel Santos at the Thirtieth Annual Valentine’s Day Reunion Party.
Dozens of pediatric heart patients who have undergone successful procedures, ranging from valve repairs to heart transplants, recently returned to Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai to celebrate life and reconnect with other patients and clinical staff at the Thirtieth Annual Valentine’s Day Reunion Party.
The children enjoyed snacks and face painting activities at the event, which was sponsored by the Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that helps children facing medical challenges. The Children’s Heart Fund and Harboring Hearts also provided support.
For centuries before becoming the sweet treat we know today, chocolate, the product of fermented cacao beans, was used as medicine. Early Aztec cultures concocted remedies using cocoa from the “chocolate tree” to ease intestinal complaints and upset stomach, control diarrhea, reduce fevers, and boost strength before military conquests. Later eras linked chocolate to other properties, such as a cure for “chocolatomania” cravings in the mid-1900s, which were believed to occur in young women.