Prior to Ezra’s death, Emily wrote a blog entry about the significance of heart shaped rocks in her life. Emily’s blog has been read in over 70 countries and each comment that people from around the world took the time to share, provided much needed love and support. She thought how beautiful it would be for people to send heart rocks as a way to symbolically share their love with Ezra. In keeping with Jewish tradition, a rock is placed at Ezra’s headstone each time it is visited. The Bessey Family hope to always be able to bring heart rocks… 

If you have a heart rock you’d like to share with the Besseys, you may send it to:


Emily Bessey

86 Central St.

Hallowell, ME 04347

The Hearts For Ezra Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) that was started in 2013 with the mission of raising awareness and fighting for a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. HFE started as the idea of Dr. Kieran Kammerer, Ezra’s pediatrician, as a way to honor Ezra and is run by his parents Emily and Ethan Bessey. Our hope is that with awareness comes funding and with funding comes a cure.