Big Hearts for bravehearts
On April 1, 2016 Kellen Austin Dorse was born with what doctors could only describe as a “complex heart” and immediately following birth he was placed on a Pedi-Flight to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Due to his severe congenital heart disease (CHD), Kellen underwent his first heart procedure in June 2016. What was supposed to be a short, one-week hospital stay began Kellen’s three month journey in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU).
Kellen endured two open heart surgeries, three cardiac catheters, one joint catheter/surgical operation, and three days on life support (ECMO) while becoming the first heart transplant patient under the revitalized pediatric heart transplant program. Not wanting to leave his bedside, Katrina (Kellen’s mom) was overwhelmed by the many prayers, gifts, and selfless acts that were performed by the Le Bonheur staff on a daily basis just so that she could continue to do the most important job she could, being Kellen’s mom and advocate. The CVICU and Le Bonheur team became like family, fighting with us every step of the way. No ask was too big and our motto was, “As long as Kellen fights, we fight!” Despite our best efforts, Kellen’s brave fight ended at just five months old on September 16, 2016.
Though Kellen never received his gift of life, the impact the Le Bonheur nurses, doctors, and staff made on his family still remains. This year, we are participating in the 2017 Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5k to give back to the most amazing people (and hospital!) we now have the privilege to call family.
Register today and join us on October 21st, either in person or as a ghost runner, to help us give back to the most amazing people we know!
Remember to always, #fightlikekellen!