Paying it forward
Seeing the healing touch at work and with his own family spurs Children’s Mercy nurse to give back in a big way
Improving the health of children is a family affair for the Jon and Catie Brouse
It starts with Jon, a nurse at Children’s Mercy who cares for surgical patients before, during, and after their operations. It includes his wife, Catie, a nurse in Recovery/Same Day Surgery at Children’s Mercy, and sister-in-law, Nichole, also a Children’s Mercy nurse in Critical Care.
Giving - and Receiving - Outstanding Care
Although their nursing roles certainly provide an up-close-and-personal view of the daily wonders that take place at Children’s Mercy, they’ve also experienced the compassion and extraordinary care first hand:
- Nichole’s son, Connor, spent extensive time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at an area hospital under the care of Children’s Mercy physicians.
- Catie’s sister, Elizabeth, successfully overcame a Wilms’ tumor diagnosis, a rare but treatable cancer of the kidneys in children.
- Nichole’s daughter, Endsley, also has been treated at the hospital outpatient clinic for respiratory health concerns.
It’s for that reason that Jon, 32, has become a member of the Children’s Legacy Society, which consists of donors who have included Children’s Mercy in their estate plans. Quite simply, he wants to "pay it forward."
"I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of the hospital," Jon said. "There’s nothing greater than to champion the health and welfare of others, especially children. Children’s Mercy is a beacon of light and hope. I’ve seen the miracles that take place here, both for other families and for my own. I feel honored to be able to help."
A Way to Give Thanks
Nichole understands the powerful impact Children’s Mercy has on children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. That’s what makes Jon’s commitment to the Children’s Legacy Society so gratifying, she said.
"Our entire family sees how important it is to have an exceptional children’s hospital in our community," she said. "Jon’s gift is going to impact a child’s life many years down the road. He’s giving back and saying ‘thanks’ for the amazing care our family has received."
What would Jon say to others considering including Children’s Mercy in their wills or estate plans? "Go for it – you’ll never regret it."
"Our families are the most important gift we have," he said. "We owe it to them to honor them through our actions. This is a great way to leave a lasting impression."