An open letter to Jennifer Lawrence

An open letter to Jennifer Lawrence

Dear Jennifer,

You don't know me, but I'm a big fan of yours.

Of course I love your movies. Especially your portrayal of Irv's jealous wife in American Hustle. And I love that you seem unaffected by Hollywood. You are just yourself. But most of all, I'm a fan because you have not forgotten where you came from. Your home, and those at home who could use help.

My son Colt was born with a heart defect and had open heart surgery when he was two days old, on Christmas Eve. Four weeks later, while still in the hospital he had a cardiac arrest. For seven long weeks our new baby was in the pediatric intensive care unit at Holtz Children's Hospital in Miami.

My husband, mother and I took shifts watching over him, and caring for his twin brother Cade at home. My husband slept on the uncomfortable plastic couch in the room and the nurses would throw a protective blanket over him while taking x-rays. When I was with Colt, I would read to him from a book of poetry while he lay there – too fragile to be held in my arms. His chest was kept open for weeks, with just plastic covering it. 

I was so grateful to have a private room at that hospital. For the many times I broke down crying. For the times I wanted to talk to Colt without others listening to our private conversation. To provide a sense of normalcy in a situation that was unexpected and thank goodness, not normal.   

Now Jennifer, thanks to your $2 million donation to Kosair Children's Hospital families of children with heart conditions will get that same sense of comfort. It makes a huge difference. When you consider most of the pediatric cardiac patients spend weeks in the hospital. To have their own space for this terrifying time is huge. 

The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children's Hospital will impact so many lives. And thanks to your matching challenge to the community, will impact event more.

So, Jennifer, from a Mom of a Brave Heart (who is now 7 years old), I just want to say thanks. From the bottom of my heart.

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