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Donor Spotlight: Philanthropists Making A Difference

JT Mestdagh was born with VATER/ VACTERL syndrome. He’s been coming to Children’s Hospital Colorado for treatment for years, and with the help of his doctor, Alberto Pena, MD, Mestdagh is living a full, happy life. Now an adult, Mestdagh is so grateful for the care he received that he formed the JT Mestdagh Foundation to help other patients facing similar challenges.

Mestdagh kickstarted his fundraising efforts by hiking 29,029 vertical feet – the equivalent of Mt. Everest — earlier this year. Donors generously supported his climb to help Mestdagh make a gift of $20,000, followed by another gift of $5,000, to Children’s Colorado.

Raising money for charity final totals are in and wow he raised a lot of money for The Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, and The Tim Tebow Foundation. Thank you to everyone who showed support and donated. Click below to watch the video recap!

So, where does the money raised actually go? These funds will support colorectal patient families who need help affording medical supplies and other treatment-related expenses. Mestdagh says his foundation aims to “ease the demands that no one should face alone,” and his inspirational gift — and story — will certainly achieve that and more for patients at Children’s Colorado.
For the second year in a row, Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) has been recognized as the No. 6 pediatric hospital in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report released today. Children’s Colorado is on the 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll ranked No. 1 in the state of Colorado and the region. We were ranked in all 10 specialties with seven in the top 10.
Every single donation, no matter how big or how small, matters! If you would like to donate to any of the wonderful organizations the JT Mestdagh Foundation supports; such as Children’s Hospital Colorado, Ronald McDonald House, Tim Tebow Foundation, and beyond, just click the button below to get started.