Former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and his wife Heather have launched DC4KIDS, a foundation to help meet the needs of Valley Children’s patients. (Photo courtesy of Valley Children’s Hospital)
Oakland Raiders quarterback and former Fresno State Bulldog Derek Carr is giving back to the Central Valley.
On Aug. 25, Carr and his wife Heather announced the launch of DC4KIDS, a campaign which will provide benefits to help meet the needs of Valley Children’s Hospital patients. The foundation will also help Valley Children’s provide the most advanced patient care technology, recruit the best pediatric specialists, improve care and services for their most complex patients and develop the best pediatric specialty programs.
“Valley Children’s is near and dear to my family’s heart,” Carr said in a statement. “The doctors, nurses and staff saved my son’s life three years ago. Heather and I will be forever grateful for the care Dallas received. Every time we visit Valley Children’s, we see children who are not only healing, but also happy, too. We want to make sure Valley Children’s is around for other families, just like it was for mine.”
Moments after Dallas was born in 2013, he was rushed into emergency surgery at Valley Children’s. Carr’s son was born with intestinal malrotation, a potentially life-threatening case that can cut off blood supply to the intestinal tract. Dallas underwent two more surgeries and spent 23 days in Valley Children’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which provides the highest level of care possible for newborns and infants.
Every year, the Carr family spends several hours visiting with patients, families and staff at Valley Children’s. Carr also records public service announcements with the non-profit organization, which can often be seen on local TV.
“Derek is a remarkable athlete, but what makes him truly special is his heart,” Valley Children’s Hospital President and CEO Todd Suntrapak said in a statement. “The support he and Heather have given Valley Children’s over the years has been tremendous. They continue to spend time here, visiting with our patients and families and doing whatever they can to give back. We’re truly blessed to now be a beneficiary of the DC4KIDS campaign, which will help further our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children.”
“I know the dedication and hard work it takes to be recognized as a leader who delivers their best every day,” Carr added. “Even as Heather and I watch Dallas now, we remember the many hands and hearts at Valley Children’s that helped him.”
Community members can also support DC4KIDS by joining the Derek Carr Touchdown Challenge. For every touchdown Carr accounts for this season (passing or rushing), participants will donate $100 to the foundation. At the end of the 2016-17 season, participants will make a donation based on the total number of touchdown scored.
Club members will also receive an autographed photo of Carr along with an invitation to attend a special reception with him in 2017.
For additional information, visit ValleyChildrens.org/DC4KIDS or contact the foundation at (559) 353-7100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.