What does the Malley & Henry Fund do?
Our first priority is to meet Oklahoma families who have just learned their beloved baby has a congenital heart condition. Often we do this when a nurse at the Children’s Hospital (OU Medical Center) asks a family if they would like to meet another heart family. We will gladly come to the PICU and visit with any family in need (and we’re great about meeting any food craving demands!)
Maybe you don’t know right now what you need except that your child will be okay. We totally understand that because we have been on the road ourselves. Our two children, Henry and Malley, have undergone dozens of surgeries and our families have spent months on end in the PICU. We’re not here to give you medical advice, rather we dispense coping advice and eager to listen and help as we can. You do not need a nurse to make a referral. You can email, call or text us at any time. If you have not received a copy of our PICU Heart Families Newsletter, please ask your nurse for one!
On occasion we use our funds to assist families with expenses such as meals, lodging and travel. Because we are a new organization, we have to be prudent sharing but please let us know what your needs are. We can also put you in touch with outstanding organizations and services that can be of great assistance to heart families.
Our second priority is fundraising so that we can expand our efforts to help the thousands of Oklahoma heart families. The Malley & Henry Fund is designed so that part of our money goes to meet immediate needs and the other to fund our endowment. Our 2015 goal is to have $30,000 in our and I hope you will help us get there. You can make a tax-exempt, charitable donation through the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma here – http://www.cfok.org/donate/.
Finally, the Malley & Henry Fund participates in wider hospital and community committees to ensure that the needs of Oklahoma heart families are heard. We have partnered with the American Heart Association, Lifeshare Oklahoma, the Zone at the Children’s Hospital as well as serving on hospital committees. We also advocate with state and federal legislators for increased research and care of congenital heart conditions. And, at the end of the day, we return home to our two heart kiddos, Malley & Henry, thankful they remain the motivation behind our work.