Panthers Star Tight End Donates $2.5 Million To Pediatric Cardiac Center

Olsen is considered one of the most generous players in the NFL.

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has a reputation for being generous, and he's living up to it.

The 34-year-old announced that his foundation will be donating $2.5 million to the Atrium Health's Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2012, Olsen and his wife, Kara, started the HEARTest Yard, a charity that aims to address the needs of children with congenital heart disease.


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"Kara and I are honored to play a small role in assuring all children in our community have access to world-class healthcare," Olsen said on Twitter. "We feel privileged to be in a position to make this impact for children like Jacob and countless others who will come through this clinic."

Greg and Kara gave birth to their son T.J. in 2012. He was born with an unusual congenital heart disease, which has inspired some of their work. Greg's mother, Susan, also survived cancer, which prompted Olsen to create Receptions For Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation to fund cancer research.

Dr. Stacy Nicholson, who is the president of Levine's hospital, thanked the Olsen's for their generous gift. 

"While most know Greg Olsen as a Pro Bowl tight end for the Carolina Panthers, we at Levine Children's know him and his wife, Kara, as visionary leaders and champions for pediatric congenital heart disease," she said, according to the Panthers team website.



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