After five open heart surgeries, teen turns his attention to giving back

Evan Karr, 14, shares his story to show how valuable donations can be for Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Evan Karr is an active 14-year-old who swims and likes to have fun with his friends. But underneath his brave exterior is a young man who was born with tetralogy of Fallot — a rare condition made up of four heart defects that cause the heart to pump oxygen-poor blood into the body.

He is thriving after five open heart surgeries and nine cardiac catheterization procedures.

His story shows not only his strength, but that of his family.

Evan had his lifesaving surgeries at Norton Children’s Hospital. Now, he and his mother are helping the Children’s Hospital Foundation raise funds for the hospital’s new Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

A $2 million gift from the Lawrence Family Foundation challenged the community to raise an additional $2 million for the unit. The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit will feature specialized space for children recovering from procedures including heart transplants and heart failure surgeries. The unit is part of a large renovation currently underway at the hospital.

Children’s Hospital Foundation

Join Evan in supporting construction of this new unit that will help hundreds of children each year. Designate your gift to the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

“Offering the kind of programs, services, technology and equipment found at Norton Children’s Hospital demands support from the entire community,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, senior vice president and chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “This gift and challenge goes a long way in rallying our community to advance the high-quality, specialized care available here for children from throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.”

Norton Children’s Hospital, working with specialists from UofL Physicians, is home to the only pediatric heart failure and transplant program serving Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The program is made up of a specialized team that includes a heart failure cardiologist, electrophysiologist, interventional cardiologist, cardiovascular surgeon, transplant surgeon, cardiovascular anesthesiologist, intensive care physicians, specially trained pharmacist, social worker, child life therapist, specially trained nurses, a family support team and a rehabilitation specialist.