Hearts and heroes come in several sizes. But impact is always huge.

Children and families from the Children’s Hospital Colorado Heart Institute demonstrated this fact for the 34th year, with Lyn Schaffer in her 21st year in spearheading the event.

Alongside them were firefighters from the South Metro District, community members, doctors and health professionals, and prescription pets–all heroes with big hearts.

Marilee and Ben Doud, with their newest dog Sarge, presented the Paws of Praise award to Sandy Miller and Lonnie (who couldn’t attend) from Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response, and Pam King from Chewy’s Bonetique (longtime supporters).

Dr. Michael Schaffer and Cyd Rodriguez were on stage to present the Heart Who Cares Award (named after Cyd’s parents and started by her 16 years ago) to Dr. Mark Twite, anestheseologist and pediatric critical care specialist from Children’s.

Becca and Alex Kalivas and son Oliver took the stage with a heartwarming and emotional story about Oliver’s challenges that were met every time by the miraculous work at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Then the kids, dogs, firefighters and supporters took the stage to proudly showcase that with resilience and the heart of heroes, anything is possible.