Passion with a Purpose
Montie and Marge Tripp's grandson, Brendan, was born with liver disease. Throughout Brendan's young life, his condition deteriorated where he wasn't growing like he should be and he needed a feeding tube. Children's Mercy performed a liver transplant when he was 10 years old around Christmas in 2012.
"It was the best Christmas present our family has ever received," Montie says. "Brendan's medical team was skilled, caring, compassionate and simply phenomenal. The first year after the transplant, Brendan gained a much-needed 30 pounds and grew six or seven inches. He began to thrive."
Brendan is now an accomplished runner and singer in high school. Last summer, he even competed and won six medals in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, which brings transplant and donor families together to compete in various events and promote organ donation. Most importantly, Brendan is now healthy.
Making an Impact
The Tripps have given back to Children's Mercy in a variety of ways, including creating nursing scholarships, supporting the chaplaincy program, building expansions and equipment upgrades and funding a Jack Daniel Liver Care Chair—a major giving commitment—so advances can be made in liver care.
"Our family is so thankful for not only the incredible surgeons and doctors, but also for Brendan's nurses, who impressed us so much," Montie says. "Something else that touched us was how the hospital's chaplaincy services worked with the donor families. How they deal with those situations every day is pretty miraculous."
How to Give
If you are planning a gift to benefit Children's Mercy, please let our Philanthropy team know. This helps the hospital plan for the future of the organization, and recognize and engage donors. Planned giving can come in many forms, such as creating an endowment, or giving through a will, trust, life insurance, retirement account or estate plan.
Feel free to share with others this insight from the Tripp family: "Make the hospital aware of your giving plans. There are so many ways to make a difference. You may be surprised what you can contribute now, and see the impact your kindness can have on children and their families. If you can't contribute monetarily, there are other ways to give, like donating your time. Babies need to be held. Parents need consoling. Families need warm meals and help finding where to go. The possibilities are endless. It feels good to give."
Need More Information?
Want to make a gift to Children's Mercy but don't know where to begin? Contact Phil Watson at (816) 701-4339 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.