Olsen and The HEARTest Yard Fund
In June 2013 the Congenital Heart Center at Levine
Children’s Hospital received $289,000 from Greg Olsen’s Foundation, Receptions
for Research. With this gift, Olsen’s Foundation established the HEARTest Yard
Fund. Levine Children’s Hospital administers the program, which supports
patients with hypoplastic-left heart syndrome (HLHS), a severe congenital
defect where the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped.
The Fund has a special meaning for Greg and his wife,
Kara. Their son, T.J., was born with HLHS. Luckily, TJ’s condition was
successfully treated, due to the expertise of Levine Children’s Hospital’s Chief of Pediatric
and Adult Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Benjamin Peeler,
and resources made available through the Congenital Heart Program.
According to Greg, clinical experts in treating HLHS, told the couple, “…the best was
in our backyard. It was such a relief.”
The HEARTest Yard Fund provides
in-home, private nursing care and physical and speech therapy, among other
services. The goal of the Fund is to improve
mortality rates between surgeries, increase life expectancy and improve
long-term prognosis of children born with congenital heart defects.
Learn more about Receptions for Research and The HEARTest Yard Fund here.