In honor of Jack and Barbara’s 80th birthdays, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation created the Jack and Barbara Nicklaus Children’s Legacy Fund to ensure there will always be charitable funding available for children in need of life-changing and, in many cases, lifesaving medical care. This fund will eternally provide children like Mayra, Tyler, Liam and countless others a second chance at life – today, tomorrow and beyond. These stories of courage, hope and healing will be their lasting legacy…
Liam was on a ventilator and receiving treatment for a complex congenital heart defect when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. The 4-week-old and his mother were airlifted to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for urgent cardiac intervention.
Although his heart was only the size of a walnut, Liam came out of the procedure with a full repair, which included a donated pulmonary artery with a valve to create the necessary connection from his heart to his lungs. He will need additional valve replacements as he grows. Thanks to the philanthropic support required to transport and care for this fragile newborn, Liam was able to celebrate his first of many birthdays at home in Puerto Rico.
Mayra was born with a cloacal malformation that put her life at risk. This rare condition affects one in every 50,000 babies and requires highly specialized surgical intervention.
To get this medical care, Mayra and her mother traveled thousands of miles from Guatemala to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. A successful separation of the entwined organs was performed and has allowed her body to function at a healthy capacity. Mayra’s medical journey is not over, but the financial support to fund multiple surgeries which were required, has provided this fun-loving toddler a second chance at life.
Tyler, at 10 years old, loves soccer. So when he was sidelined by severe pain in his lower right leg, his family thought it was a sports injury. Five months later in Jamaica, where Tyler lives, doctors diagnosed him with an aggressive form of bone cancer.
A limb amputation looked like the only solution for the young athlete. Tyler desperately needed options. Thankfully, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital offered an alternative: to only remove the tumor and the affected bone, not the entire leg. This would require a special prosthesis that would expand as he grew, but the medical device was not covered by insurance. Thanks to charitable funding, Tyler was able to have the limb-sparing surgery that will one day allow him to get back on the soccer field.
A chance to ensure they receive the best care regardless of the complexity of their condition, socioeconomic status, country of origin, or ability to pay.
A chance to support the Jack and Barbara Children’s Legacy Fund and help build a lasting legacy for children locally and globally.
A chance to provide these children with a “happily ever after ending” to their life stories.