The Heart’s Playbook Gives Back

We don’t look at the world with rose colored glasses, but we are optimists through and through. We believe in turning obstacles into opportunity, that forward is a mindset and that there are tools to help us at any place you find yourself on life’s journey. -Janelle and Nick Foligno

The Heart’s Playbook was founded by Janelle and Nick Foligno and inspired by their daughter Milana, who was diagnosed with congenital heart disease shortly after birth. The Foligno family was tossed into the CHD tornado and their faith, love, and will to learn more was tested.

Milana and Nick Foligno

In their search to find a book to help Milano understand her condition, they wrote Dear Heart: A Letter To My Special Heart. “It’s important for us to give back through philanthropy and show our children the positive impact it can have to their communities,” says Janelle.

This Heart Month, they are sharing their story and giving back to the congenital heart community. The Foligno family will donate 100% of the proceeds from February’s book sales to Conquering CHD.

Conquering CHD is honored to partner with The Heart’s Playbook.

About Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) – CHD is the most common birth defect and a leading cause of infant death. In 2021, 40,000 babies will be born with CHD in the United States alone, joining the 1.35 million new patients born this year around the world. 1 in 100 people worldwide are diagnosed with CHD.

Thanks to advances in medical technology and surgical procedures, more adults than children are now living with congenital heart disease. CHD is a chronic, lifelong condition that presents significant challenges for the patient and their family. CHD has no cure.

About The Folignos and The Hearts Playbook – Janelle and Nick Foligno, Forward and Captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets, were thrust into the realities of a lifelong heart condition when their daughter Milana was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at 24 hours old.

The foundation is focused on building stronger communities in heart health, supporting cardiac centers across the nation in patient care, aiding in the discovery of technological advancement through innovative heart research, and providing resources to other families in need.

About Conquering CHD –  Conquering CHD exists to conquer the most common birth defect. We engage, listen, learn, and act. We create visibility and empower all impacted by congenital heart disease, accomplishing this through awareness, knowledge, community, and research. Visit our website at

For additional information on the partnership, please contact Conquering CHD’s Marketing Director.

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