|Left to right: Dr. James T. Willerson, Texas Heart Institute President and Medical Director; former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman; Nancy Kinder; HISD Superintendent, Terry B. Grier; and Dr. Paolo Angelini, Medical Director of the THI Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies.|
In partnership to improve the health of our students . . .
Houston philanthropists Rich and Nancy Kinder, through their Kinder Foundation, have the hearts of many young people on their minds. That's why they have thrown their whole-hearted support behind a Texas Heart Institute effort to prevent Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in youths.
Mrs. Kinder brought along the star power of famous athletes, including former boxing champ George Foreman, when the program was launched in November 2010.
Through the Kinder Outreach Program, THI's Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies (CCAA) is taking its Mobile Imaging Unit on the road to Houston area schools as part of a groundbreaking research program that involves voluntary screenings of 10,000 middle school students for certain difficult-to-detect, congenital heart abnormalities.
These conditions are thought to predispose young people to SCD, and the Kinders recognize that too often tragedy grabs headlines, especially when young athletes are stricken without warning during sports competitions or training.
"Rich and I are delighted to support a great organization like the Texas Heart Institute in tackling a serious medical problem that exists in our community and throughout America," says Mrs. Kinder. "We hope this effort will pay long-term dividends in improving the health of our students over the coming years."
As George Foreman said, the Kinders are the kind of supporters we want in our corner.
From Discovery Green, which has literally changed the heart of downtown Houston, to their support of THI's study into the causes of sudden cardiac death, Rich and Nancy Kinder and their family Kinder Foundation know how to make an impact.
"Making a significant impact on helping people realize a healthy and rewarding quality of life," in fact, is the key pillar of the Kinder Foundation mission. They have succeeded magnificently, and in truly transformative ways.
Richard D. Kinder, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan, grew up in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri. Nancy Goins Kinder is originally from New Iberia, La., and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a focused philanthropist and serves on several boards for the advancement of Houston, the arts, and the health and protection of children.
In a city with a history of grand philanthropy, the Kinders and the Kinder Foundation stand out, having granted more than $100 million to date. The list of their support is varied and long. Gratefully, it now also includes a very generous, multiyear, multimillion dollar commitment to support the life-saving research of THI.
Impactful indeed, and we are very thankful.
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