Supporting Quality Care Across Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Regional Outreach Opportunities

Norton Children’s Hospital is the only full-service, free-standing hospital created “Just for Kids” in Kentucky.

Norton Children’s facilities span across Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Southern Indiana, offering quality pediatric care from Prestonsburg to Paducah, Corydon to Campbellsville, Madisonville to Murray and so many more.

We want quality health care as close to home as possible for the 215,000 children we serve each year — regardless of their families’ ability to pay.

Several generous groups and organizations throughout the region work hard to support care for children all over Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Some of these efforts include:

Dance Big Red, Dance Little Red and Dance Middle Reds

Students at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, as well as at Warren County Public Schools middle and high schools, host annual dance marathons. These student-led fundraising events benefit Norton Children’s Heart Institute and Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. Students, faculty, families, sponsors and special community guests raise funds and dance the night away. Since they began, Dance Big Red and the Dance Little Reds have raised nearly $500,000 for the care of heart and cancer patients at Norton Children’s Hospital and our facilities around the region. Learn more at

Brave Hearts Bowling Green

Brave Hearts connects families of children with congenital heart defects, provides resources to support their heart journeys, and advocates through fundraising for future advancements in heart care at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. The Bowling Green chapter supports families in Western Kentucky. Learn more at

Dancin’ Divas

Dancin’ Divas is an annual event held by local dance troupes in Paducah, Kentucky, to support pediatric neuroscience research and treatment. The event has raised $86,524 for Norton Children’s Hospital since it began seven years ago.

The Dancin’ Divas annual fundraiser began after former dance troupe member Desiree Fisher’s daughter, Jade Cain, was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder in 2012 at age 11. Following surgery, Jade received an experimental treatment at Norton Children’s Hospital to help eliminate radiation necrosis, which causes brain tissue around the targeted lesion to be injured and die, leading to severe headaches, vomiting, cognitive issues and neural dysfunction. Thanks to Jade’s outstanding outcome, Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, launched a clinical trial to aid other children facing the same diagnosis. 

Bowling Green Hot Rods Partnership

Each year, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, hosts various fundraising efforts in support of Norton Children’s Heart Institute. The partnership began when then-manager Reinaldo Ruiz’s daughter was born in 2015 with a congenital heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot. Ruiz’s daughter underwent treatment, including surgery, at Norton Children’s Hospital. Since then, the Hot Rods have rallied around Renata and dozens of other Bowling Green kids with heart conditions. The team has become very active in Brave Hearts, a local, family-led support group, by having patients throw out ceremonial pitches and hosting special events for their families. Learn more at

Learn More

For more information on how you can get involved with an event or partnership throughout the larger Kentucky and Southern Indiana region, contact the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation team at or (502) 420-4299.