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$500,000 Charitable Gift to Support Hemby Children’s Hospital



Grateful was the word of the evening at the recent Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital Golf Classic. Grateful parents, Kevin Reardon and Christie Meyers, celebrated the 10 years of remarkable care their daughter, Olivia, has received from Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital.

As Kevin shared Olivia’s story the golfers heard a journey of courage, strength, and gratitude. Olivia has been part of the Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital family since birth. She is NICU graduate, has been cared for by our pediatric specialty groups and loves her pediatrician. Most recently, Olivia has been bravely battling pediatric cancer.

A big smile spread across Olivia Reardon’s face last night as she and her parents Kevin Reardon and Christina Meyers presented a $500,000 charitable gift from the OliviaStrong Foundation to Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital at the 24th annual Novant Health Hemby Golf Classic. The funds will be used to support Hemby Children’s Hospital, which serves more than 100,000 children each year, to ensure that the hospital is well-positioned to meet the growing pediatric health care needs of the community.

“I’m so lucky to be a part of the Novant Health family,” said Olivia. “I’ve spent a lot of time in Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital. All of the doctors, nurses and staff have always taken good care of me. It’s been a lot of fun giving back through our foundation so far, and I want to use this special birthday donation to help pay it forward.”

In addition to the OliviaStrong Foundation’s generosity to support Hemby Children’s Hospital, the funds raised at the Novant Health Hemby Golf Classic will support the hospital’s multiphase $10.2 million expansion plan. Phase 1 of the hospital’s expansion includes the addition of 12 new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) bays, which will allow team members to care for 25% more babies at one time. The NICU is currently licensed as a level 4 nursery, the highest certification available in North Carolina for neonatal critical-care services. The anticipated completion is November 2022.

Thanks to the Olivia Strong Foundation, Inc. the team at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital can continue improving outcomes for all kids, especially kids battling pediatric cancer, like Olivia.

If you’d like to join the Reardon family and support patients like Olivia, visit https://presby.supportnovanthealth.org/Hemby and give today.