April 1, 2022
Six years ago, our founder, Katrina Dorse, welcomed her son Kellen into the world. His life and CHD journey inspired the Big Heart Fund, which has served families of the Heart Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital since October 2016.
Today, with great sadness but full hearts, we are announcing the culmination of this journey and the beginning of a new legacy for Big Heart Fund effective June 30, 2022.
From the beginning, Big Heart Fund has made it our mission to support CHD families through every step of their journey. Big Heart Fund has provided financial support to families through cash grants, gas cards, gift cards and meal vouchers, offering additional support to patients and siblings in the form of medical supplies, clothing, books, toys, games, customized superhero capes and care bags during and after a hospital stay. Recognizing the vital need to build community among CHD families, we oversaw the launch of the Heart Family Support Group and provided nearly 1,800 meals to inpatient families over the last six years.
During this time, the Heart Institute at Le Bonheur saw extraordinary growth and was recognized as a Top 10 Pediatric Heart Institute by U.S. News and World Report. Their world-renowned staff perform nearly 400 heart procedures a year and provide exemplary outpatient care for CHD families. To meet the growing need for exceptional pediatric cardiac services, Le Bonheur recently announced a $37.6 million expansion of the Heart Institute, which is currently underway.
While we are saddened to see our hands-on programming for heart families at Le Bonheur come to an end, we are excited to announce that the Big Heart Fund legacy will make an impact for generations to come through a planned gift of $25,000 to the hospital’s Heart Institute. In partnership with Le Bonheur, Big Heart Fund will receive permanent recognition in a family-supporting space in Le Bonheur’s 31-bed dedicated Cardiovascular Unit and induction into the hospital’s Good Hour Society.
For nearly six years, your generosity, support, and partnership have made the work of Big Heart Fund possible, and we invite you to contribute to this final legacy opportunity by helping us close the gap of $5,000 to meet our goal. Every dollar given will go to further Big Heart Fund’s legacy investment in Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute endowment, and every donor who contributes to our final fundraising campaign will receive a vinyl sticker commemorating Big Heart Fund’s years of service to Le Bonheur heart families. Donors who contribute at the $25 level will also receive a Big Heart Fund color-changing cup, and gifts at the $75 level or above will be recognized with a sustainable Big Heart Fund tote bag. Any gift of $150 or more will be honored with a commemorative Big Heart Fund ornament.
Whether you give in celebration of Kellen’s 6th birthday, in memory of a loved one in your own life or in celebration of 6 years of meaningful service from Big Heart Fund, we are grateful for your consideration and your contributions.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for six years of love and support!
– The Big Heart Fund team
Most causes of CHDs are unknown. Only 15-20% of all CHDs are related to known genetic conditions.