After his newborn son spent his first month in pediatric intensive care with a congenital heart defect, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said taking him home was a little nerve-wracking.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen's foundation donated $289,000 in support of the hospital's pediatric cardiac program. The gift from Receptions for Research will support the launch of the HEARTest Yard program, which will help provide home care support for pediatric heart patients once they are discharged from Levine Children's Hospital.
A Carolina Panther made a sizable donation to a local hospital Friday. Greg Olsen donated more than $289,000 to support the launch of Levine Children’s Hospital’s new cardiac program. The money came from his foundation Receptions for Research.
Levine Children’s Hospital will receive a $289,000 donation on Friday to support pediatric heart patients. Those funds will come from Receptions for Research, a foundation started by Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. An announcement is planned for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the children’s hospital.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is giving from his heart. Olsen, whose son, T.J., was born with a heart defect, will donate more than $289,000 to Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital through his foundation that will help provide home care support to pediatric heart patients once they're discharged. The contribution will be presented Friday at 2 p.m. at the hospital as part of Olsen's HEARTest Yard Fund. According to a press release, the fund will "extend the family-centered care concept beyond the hospital walls so the transition from there to the home will be easier for other families with children suffering with congenital heart defects." Here's our story from October on Olsen and T.J., who in late May underwent the second of three surgeries.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is giving from his heart. Olsen, whose son, T.J., was born with a heart defect, will donate more than $289,000 to Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital for a fund that will help provide home-care support to pediatric heart patients once they're discharged.
Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen joined the guys from the Mac Attack in studio to promote his new charity event September 9th at Coyote Joes and what we can expect from the Panthers this coming season
Greg Olsen is a football player all his life, starting tight end for the Carolina Panthers, presumed tough guy. And he marvels at the strength of his infant son, T.J. "I wish I was as tough as him," Olsen said. "If I was as tough as him, I'd be in good shape. What he's gone through in his first eight months of life is more than any of us have gone through in a lifetime. You know, two open-heart surgeries, the countless medications, the exams; you know he's been through it all, and he just bounces back." In April 2012, a prenatal diagnosis indicated that one of the twins being carried by Greg's wife, Kara Olsen, had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a severe congenital heart defect characterized by an underdeveloped left ventricle and aorta. On Oct. 11, two days after birth, T.J. underwent a long, delicate surgery. On Nov. 6, he went home, though the certainty of another complex surgery always loomed. About two weeks ago, T.J. had the second of three surgeries required by the time he's a toddler.
The General Assembly has agreed all North Carolina hospitals should be required to assess newborns for heart defects using an inexpensive test. The bill approved Wednesday would mandate hospitals to administer a test that calculates oxygen amounts in the blood of an infant before the child is discharged. The measure involving "pulse oximetry" tests now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. The test is already used in many large hospitals, costs about $5 and can be done with a tape across the baby's forehead. Supporters say the requirement will save lives by catching problems early. The American Heart Association says nine of every 1,000 babies are born with a congenital heart disorder. The House unanimously gave final approval Wednesday to the Senate bill.
T.J. Olsen was born with a heart defect, known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The condition forced T.J. into surgery during the first week of his life. Four months later, he's home spending time with twin sister Talbot, big brother Tate and his parents, Greg and Kara Olsen. T.J. faces further surgery in April, but his chances of living a normal life have greatly improved, thanks to the work of the medical staff at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. Doug Kufner has the story.
In their rare and quiet moments, when they’re not racing from their home to the hospital, Greg and Kara Olsen lament their skewed perspective before the birth of their twins, T.J. and Talbot, 16 days ago. "We had a little bit of guilt because, up until this point, our biggest obstacle — the things that we thought were such a big deal — were so trivial," Greg Olsen, the former Bears tight end, told the Sun-Times. "It just sucks that it takes something so serious to your child to open your mind." In her 18th week of pregnancy, Kara learned that T.J. was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare birth defect in which the left side of the heart is critically underdeveloped. There's no cure and there’s no one out of their 20s who has undergone the three-step surgical treatment because it was developed in the early 1980s. On Day 3 of his life, T.J. had the first procedure, the most invasive and precarious.
Jay Cutler can't imagine Greg Olsen's pain. Olsen, Cutler's former Bears teammate and now a tight end with the Panthers, welcomed a second and third child when his wife, Kara, gave birth to twins Oct. 9. Their new daughter, Talbot, is healthy, but their son, T.J., was born with a defective heart. Two weeks ago, T.J. underwent the first in a series of surgeries for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a congenital heart disease distinguished by an underdeveloped left ventricle and aorta. T.J. is scheduled for another surgery in six months. Cutler and his fiancee, Kristin Cavallari, had their first child — Camden Jack Cutler — on Aug. 8. "It resonates," Cutler said of Olsen's situation. "Any time you're going through that whole nine months, you always hope for the best. In the back of your mind, you're always leery of what possibly could happen."
Greg Olsen recently became the proud father of twins, a son named T.J. and a daughter, Talbot. But 18 weeks into his wife Kara’s pregnancy, the couple found out that T.J. had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition that affects between on and four babies for every 10,000 live births. The soon-to-be newborn suffered from an undeveloped left ventricle and aorta and would require not one, but three surgeries after birth. The first one was the most extensive and dangerous, and you might have excused Olsen if his mind was elsewhere rather than on the football field.
Greg Olsen’s second son will be born with a defective heart, but he, his wife and the Carolina Panthers organization refuse to give up hope.
For most NFL players, the bye week is a time of recovery, a small window in the midst of the grind to rest up for what's to come. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen's bye week won't be anything like that. Olsen's wife, Kara, is scheduled to deliver twins via C-section Tuesday, a tense event for any family, even absent of complications. In this case, though, there are complications of the highest order. While all the prenatal tests show that their twin girl, to be named Talbot, is healthy, twin boy T.J. will immediately begin a fight to survive a rare condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). At some point during his first week in this world, T.J. will undergo open heart surgery, the most serious in a series of three surgeries. The survival rate for HLHS patients is in the 75-percent range.
Greg Olsen reunited with his former teammate, Bears’ running back Matt Forte, to host the 9th annual Kicks for a Cure Kickball Tournament this past weekend. Returning to Grant Park was not difficult for the Panthers’ tight end, who was focused on the tournament, partnered by TMC, a division of CH Robinson. The event gathered 60 teams, the largest tournament in the world. The funds went to Olsen’s cancer charity Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation, which he founded in 2009. He was inspired by his mother, a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed 11 years ago.
I caught up with Greg Olsen today and am preparing a long column on the Panther tight end for Thursday’s newspaper. In the meantime, a few highlights to whet your appetite: -- Olsen’s foundation, www.ReceptionsforResearch.org, recently donated $50,000 locally to support breast cancer research and cancer patients. His mother Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 while he was in high school and her illness shook the family. Susan Olsen is now a 10-year cancer survivor and Olsen's three-year-old foundation has raised and then given away about $250,000 so far, he says. “We always said if we were in position to raise money and awareness and help people like we got help back in 2001, we would try to do it,” Olsen said. “That’s the root of how we started the foundation. It’s taken off more than we’ve anticipated.” A charitable music event will be held to raise money for the foundation at Charlotte's Coyote Joe’s later this year and a huge adult kickball tournament in Chicago, where Olsen used to play for the Bears, is scheduled for June 30th.
Bears tight end Greg Olsen is helping to kick cancer. Olsen hosted a charity kickball tournament in Grant Park on Saturday, in honor of his mother, Susan, who is a 10-year breast cancer survivor. As CBS 2's Megan Mawicke reports, 65 teams competed in the tournament and some even took on Olsen and Bears teammates Brian Urlacher and Matt Forte. The tournament, “Kicks for a Cure” is billed as the world’s largest charity kickball tournament.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen recently made a $50,000 gift to support research and patient programs at Levine Cancer Institute. Receptions for Research, The Greg Olsen Foundation was founded after Olsen's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. "We always said if any of us had the opportunity to do our part and make a difference ... to ensure others could have the same outcome and results that mom did (we would)" said Olsen. Greg and his mother recently toured Levine Cancer Institute, which is scheduled to open in fall of 2012.