You'll Never Regret It: The Brouse Family
Improving the health of children is a family affair for the Brouses. Jon, his wife and his sister-in-law are all nurses at Children's Mercy.
Jon cares for surgical patients before, during and after their operations. His wife, Catie, is a nurse in recovery/same-day surgery, and his sister-in-law, Nichole, is a critical care nurse.
Their nursing roles have provided up-close-and-personal views of the daily wonders that take place at Children's Mercy in the lives of many children and families. They've also experienced the compassion and extraordinary care in their own family:
- Catie's sister, Elizabeth, successfully overcame a Wilms' tumor diagnosis, a rare but treatable cancer of the kidneys in children.
- Nichole's son, Connor, spent extensive time in the neonatal intensive care unit at an area hospital under the care of Children's Mercy physicians.
- Nichole's daughter, Endsley, has also been treated at the hospital outpatient clinic for respiratory health concerns.
Jon wants to pay forward the life-changing care his family has received. That is why, at age 32, Jon has become one of the youngest members of the Children's Mercy Legacy Honor Roll. The Honor Roll consists of donors who have included Children's Mercy in their estate plans.
"I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of the hospital," Jon says. "There's nothing greater than to champion the health and welfare of others, especially children. Children's Mercy is a beacon of light and hope. I've seen the miracles that take place here, both for other families and for my own. I feel honored to be able to help."
Nichole also understands the powerful impact Children's Mercy has on children, regardless of a family's ability to pay. That's what makes Jon's commitment to the Children's Mercy Legacy Honor Roll so gratifying, she says.
"Our entire family sees how important it is to have an exceptional children's hospital in our community," she says. "Jon's gift is going to impact a child's life many years down the road. He's giving back and saying thanks for the amazing care our family has received."
A Bit of Advice
Are you considering including Children's Mercy in your will or other estate plans? Jon has this advice: "Go for it—you'll never regret it." He says, "Our families are the most important gift we have. We owe it to them to honor them through our actions. This is a great way to leave a lasting impression."