The Norton Children’s Hospital has become woven into the Lawrence family’s holiday traditions; and they’d like it to become part of yours. “It’s Christmas for us,” says Karen over coffee in their serene, marble-clad kitchen. “Jen visits every year when she comes home for the holidays and it’s become the most anticipated part of the holidays for her. Of all the things we do, this visit is the most meaningful.” Over the years, Jen’s Christmas visit has become a tradition her whole family enjoys. “Gary pulls the wagon,” laughs Karen. “I like to visit with the siblings and parents because they’re often lost in this. Everyone kind of joins in the fun; the nurses, the staff and the doctors. We all get more than we give out of the experience.”
"Everyone kind of joins in the fun; the nurses, the staff and the doctors. We all get more than we give out of the experience.”
The Lawrence Family Foundation has given a lot since Jennifer gave the $2 million gift in 2016 that established the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. At the time, she issued a matching challenge that our city is close to meeting: “We’re at $1.7 million in donations,” says Lynnie Meyer, Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer at Norton Healthcare. The influx of donations and money from the annual Snow Ball gala have made it possible to support renovation of the unit to include not only more specialized equipment and recovery areas for children recovering from heart procedures, but also quality of living enhancements like private rooms that can accommodate families.
“It’s just one less thing these families have to worry about,” says Karen. “It normalizes things a little.” The money also allows Norton to maintain the technology and staff that have made the Jennifer Lawrence CICU a top-notch facility. “We have people traveling to Louisville rather than Louisville patients traveling to Atlanta,” says Meyer. “Having this level of cardiac care available means that people get to stay home and keep families together.”
IF YOU GO
The Snow Ball features a silent auction, the famous Norton Commons home and BMW raffle, a five-course meal, dancing to the band Galaxy and it will be held for the first time this year at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Tickets are $450 each of $5000 for a table of ten. Go to NortonChildrens.com/SnowBall or call (502) 629-8061 for tickets or to purchase Home and BMW raffle tickets.