My name is Isabella Martinez and I am the creator of the Heartsters friends. We are a community of diverse and multi-cultural friends with heart-shaped heads which is a symbol for love and kindness. We encourage all children to dream big, celebrate their differences and believe in themselves to achieve any goal they set.
My mom, Jennifer Martinez, knew I was onto something when I started drawing heart-shaped characters at just five years old. We decided to make my dream a reality when we brought the Heartsters to the digitial world. You can learn more about our mission and characters on our website. Our goal is to help your child deal with challenges like illness, bullying or even just having a bad day through our friendly and diverse characters.
Creating the Heartsters was not just about encouraging love, happiness, and friendship, but also a way to give back to kids battling serious illness. My family became familiar with children’s heart disease, in particular, through my own experience.
I have a slight asthma condition that has been controllable over the years, but when taking my annual medical tests as a kid, I received a false positive result for a heart condition. Heart disease runs on my mom’s side of the family, so my parents were relieved to learn that I did not have a more serious illness after a visit to the Children’s Heart Hospital in Las Vegas. This experience triggered my mom to become actively involved with the local chapters of the American Heart Association supporting the Go Red for Women and the annual Heart Walk events.
We hope your children will enjoy getting to know the Heartsters stories, and we want to hear their stories, too.
Thank you for your support with the launch of the Heartsters!