Jennifer Lawrence Donates $2M to Kentucky's Kosair Children's Hospital
The 'Joy' actress is challenging the community to match her significant monetary donation in an effort to raise money for the hospital's Heart Center Challenge.
Jennifer Lawrence is giving back in a big way.
The Joy leading lady, who is nominated for a best actress Oscar, announced Friday that she is donating $2 million to the Kosair Children's Hospital in her home state of Kentucky.
"Hi, I'm Jennifer Lawrence. I'm excited to announce we will be establishing the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children's Hospital," Lawrence says in a video posted on the Louisville hospital's YouTube page.
"As part of my effort to help these children and caregivers, I challenge the entire community to get behind this cause and help match my gift by raising an additional $2 million to support all of these brave and inspiring children," she continues, challenging the community to partner in monetarily matching her donation as part of the Heart Center Challenge.
The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and a renovation of the existing “Just for Kids” Critical Care Center are anticipated to cost nearly $25 million. When completed, the CICU "will feature private rooms dedicated to children recovering from heart procedures, open heart surgery including heart transplant, heart failure and other conditions requiring intensive care" in the 14-bed unit that "will offer space for families to stay with their children," according to a press release from Children's Hospital Foundation.
The hospital's heart center is the only pediatric cardiovascular program in Kentucky, where more than 5,000 children visit each year and more than 17,500 procedures are performed annually.
Late last year, the Oscar-winner made a surprise visit to the hospital in an effort to spread Christmas cheer to patients and staff.
Watch the video announcement below.