December 16, 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.

On April 1, 2022, with great sadness but full hearts, we announced the culmination of this journey and the beginning of a new legacy for Big Heart Fund that became effective June 30, 2022.

From the beginning, Big Heart Fund 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 were saddened to see our hands-on programming for heart families at Le Bonheur come to an end, we were excited to announce that the Big Heart Fund legacy would 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 would 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 made the work of Big Heart Fund possible. As we close our legacy campaign, we are thrilled to share that in addition to the planned $25,000 gift which was matched dollar for dollar, we were able to donate an additional $7,000 of financial support to CHD families, goods, and in-kind donations to local nonprofits. In total, our legacy gift donated to CHD families and the Heart Institute at Le Bonheur was $57,000 with over $105,000 raised in 6 years! 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for an amazing six years of love and support!

– The Big Heart Fund team