How the Legacy of One Little Boy

On May 30, 1999 delighted parents and grandparents welcomed Evan, their first son and grandson, into the world. Despite a diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease, Evan left the hospital without surgery and settled into life at home with his family.

Evan was a bright and loving child who enjoyed many sports, defying the obstacles his condition placed on him. Sadly, while awaiting a heart transplant, Evan suffered a massive stroke and passed away on July 22, 2006.

Inspired by the seven joyful years they shared with Evan, Evan's family started the Evan Ty Jenkins Pediatric Research Foundation. The Foundation supports pediatric cardiac patients and their families on their journey through research, education and stroke prevention.

Dale Jenkins, Dr. Yashu Coe, Charlene Jenkins and Rick Jenkins

Over the past three years the Evan Ty Jenkins Pediatric Research Foundation has generously donated $80,000 to the University Hospital Foundation to support Dr. Yashu Coe’s paediatric cardiology fund. The fund supports research that increases the safety and efficiency of cardiac procedures, in some cases allowing doctors to reduce the need for open-heart surgery altogether.

Recent advances allow children to have new valves inserted one day, go home the next day, and return to school the following day.

In addition, through their Foundation Evan's family has helped Dr. Coe purchase equipment that has greatly enhanced the care and monitoring of pediatric heart patients in their own homes. Anticoagulation, oxygen saturation, infant weight, as well as neonatal and infant blood pressure, can now be monitored outside of a clinical setting, greatly improving the quality of life for young heart patients and their families.

Through their dedication and tireless fundraising the Evan Ty Jenkins Pediatric Research Foundation contributes greatly to ensuring that families benefit from the latest cardiac research discoveries, treatments and programs.

I am immensely grateful to the Evan Ty Jenkins Pediatric Research Foundation for their generous donations,” says Dr. Yashu Coe. “Their efforts and commitment to fundraising for pediatric cardiac care is impressive, and help make a big difference for patients and their families today, and into the future.”


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