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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

Receptions for Research Mission helps provide hospitals, doctors, scholars, families, and patients the resources to enhance lives of those affected by congenital heart disease and various forms of cancer.

We partner with local and national organizations to assist those affected by these debilitating diseases. It’s our goal to give patients a second chance at life. Visit us at receptionsforresearch.org to learn more!

The inspiration for Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation began when Greg experienced the effects of cancer.

In September 2001, Greg's mother, Susan Olsen, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Greg witnessed his mother’s courageous fight.

Susan is now a survivor, but Greg will never forget what his mother did for him and the family. It is in Susan's honor that Greg started Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation. Greg saw how difficult it was for his mother to battle breast cancer, and he wants to make sure that everyone who is affected by cancer has a second chance in life, just like Susan had.

It was the 2012 NFL off-season when the Olsen family received the surprise of a lifetime. In January of that year, Greg and his wife Kara found out they were unexpectedly expecting. Happiness overwhelmed their hearts. A month later, they learned Kara was carrying not one, but two, bundles of joy. They were ecstatic.

Soon they received news that rocked their family to the core. One of the babies would be perfectly healthy, while the other would be born with a severe congenital heart defect.

Kara and Greg faced all the emotion, challenges and decisions that are only known by parents of severely sick children. They instantly decided that they were going to give the baby the best chance at life, providing him access to the best doctors, state-of-the art treatment, techniques and technology. Because so much of their life revolves around football, they called this phase of their new son's life "T.J.'s HEARTest Yard."

Together with Levine Children's Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center they made it happen. The Olsens and Levine Children's collaborated to establish The HEARTest Yard initiative, a family service program administered by Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC. The cutting-edge program provides families of babies affected by congenital heart disease with a multitude of services including in-home, private nursing care, physical therapy and speech therapy among other benefits.

The HEARTest Yard provides these services to families at no charge, while incurring no additional expense to the hospital. The goal of the program is to improve the interstage mortality rate, increase life expectancy and long term prognosis for pediatric heart patients.