Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is giving from his heart.
Olsen, whose son, T.J., was born with a heart defect, will donate more than $289,000 to Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital for a fund that will help provide home-care support to pediatric heart patients once they're discharged.
The contribution will be presented at 2 p.m. Friday at the hospital as part of Olsen's HEARTest Yard Fund. According to a news release, the fund will "extend the family-centered care concept beyond the hospital walls so the transition from there to the home will be easier for other families with children suffering with congenital heart defects."
T.J. was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect in utero. A twin, T.J. was born during October and had open-heart surgery shortly after birth.
During late May, he had the second of three surgeries to correct a condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which is marked by an underdeveloped left ventricle and aorta. Jonathan Jones
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