Hayden's Hope has raised $160,000 since Dari Nowkhah, sports broadcaster for the SEC Network, and his wife, Jenn, founded the organization in 2011. They started the organization after losing their infant son, Hayden, at 39 days old as he awaited a heart transplant. Hayden’s Hope financially assists families with children awaiting a life-saving organ transplant by helping cover medical and non-medical-related costs.
"The overwhelming costs associated with the transplant process, often including relocation and the inability of family members to work, can be crippling," Nowkhah said. "We help these families focus not on finances, but on what is most important, the child who needs them."
At age three, Charlie McMicken needed a heart transplant. The following year, he received his new heart and a chance at life. But during that year’s time, Charlie's father John McMicken was unable to work, placing the family at a financial disadvantage. Hayden’s Hope made a financial donation to the McMicken family, and the extra money allowed them to focus on the life of their child.
"In addition to the very generous donation, we were reminded that we were not alone. To this day, Hayden's Hope still follows Charlie on his lifelong journey," said Charlie’s mother Sarah McMicken.
Hundreds of miracle makers have shown their generosity by financially assisting these families through Hayden’s Hope as well as by giving the gift of life through donating blood. Former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow recently endorsed the organization’s mission and its love for children.
"I urge people to support Hayden's Hope," said Tebow in a promotional video. "It is an organization that makes a difference in a lot of kids’ lives."
Though his life was short lived, Hayden's life has had a lasting impact. He has touched the hearts of many and has inspired incredible joy, love and hope in thousands. Hayden's Hope is an organization that makes a difference in the lives of many children just like Charlie, but that difference all started with Hayden.