Mission Monroe

In 2017, the Josh Lindblom Foundation has already fully funded one trip for Dr. Turrentine and his team of surgeons, cardiologists, and nurses. Help us to continue to raise funds so we can continue to save lives & send them on more trips!

Our family is committed to serving. It is something that defines who we are as a family and is our loving and obedient response to what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Since we began our work through our foundation, we have tried to find and meet the needs of organizations who gave our foundation mission and purpose. However, this year instead of trying to find a purpose, our purpose found us.

Our daughter. Monroe, was 1 of the roughly 40,000 babies born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) in the United States each year. She was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS) and underwent her first open-heart surgery at a week old. As a parent, it is difficult news finding out your child is going to need to have open-heart surgery and there is nothing you can do. Entrusting your son or daughter’s life to someone else is one of the most difficult things we have had to do as parents, but was necessary for her to survive.

We will never forget our first meeting with the team of surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and students we had at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. There was an unexplainable peace we had after that first meeting with the men and women who would be caring for Monroe. Their commitment was to provide not only the best care for Monroe, but to walk with us through the entire process. 

Throughout our time in the hospital, we learned about the amazing things Riley Hospital does for so many families and children.  We also learned about how they were contributing outside of its walls. Our surgeon, Dr. Mark Turrentine, and the staff at Riley, are committed not only to saving lives at Riley, but around the world. We learned about the mission trips to Jordan, Sudan, and other parts of the Middle East to provide surgeries and care for patients, who could not receive care otherwise. Without these trips, the majority of these parents would be left with limited time with their newborn babies.

Words cannot express our gratitude and thankfulness for Monroe's surgeon Dr. Turrentine, her cardiologist Dr. Michael Johansen and the doctors & nurses we continue to visit monthly for Monroe's care . We have come to realize that not all heroes wear capes. Our heroes are the surgeons, doctors & nurses that wear scrubs and work tirelessly night and day to ensure our daughter and the children of other families are provided with the best care possible.

Join us this year to raise funds to continue to send Riley Children's Hospital staff on  life saving mission trips. The Josh Lindblom Foundation will match up to $10,000 of funds donated. 

*To keep up to date on the Riley International Heart Missions, visit https://rileyinternationalheartmissions.wordpress.com *