Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Heart Institute provides care for Gift of Life Mid-South patients with congenital heart defects. Its surgeons and cardiologists carefully work with families to plan for optimal outcomes that will give your child the best possible quality of life.
The Heart Institute team also provides cardiology coverage at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and conducts joint research to better improve the lives of children with heart defects. To learn more, please click here.
FedExFamilyHouse opened its doors in December 2010 and is the first home of its kind for families at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Financial support for construction of FedExFamilyHouse came from a $2.3 million donation from FedEx Corporation and personal donations from Fred Smith, chairman and CEO and his wife, Diane; and Alan Graf, executive vice president and CFO and his wife, Susan.
FedExFamilyHouse has served more than 40,000 family members from around the world since opening its doors. With your support we can continue to provide free, comfortable accommodations to out-of-town families of patients at Le Bonheur.
FedExFamilyHouse is located at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Ayers Street – across the street from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Visit their website.
FedExFamilyHouse operates 24 suites, multiple dining facilities and recreational spaces and a small business center, in addition to several other family-friendly amenities, including:
- Outdoor spaces with a courtyard, dining terrace, and screened porch
- Living and family rooms
- Indoor play area and teen lounge
- Eating area that can be arranged for multiple families to eat together
- Four kitchens that includes 24 refrigerators and pantry space for each family
- Community conference room
- Family Lounge and laundry facility on each floor
- Room suites including two beds, private bathroom, window seat, space for a crib, desk and closet with plenty of storage for suitcases and belongings.
Gift of Life International is a Rotary-based organization that over the past four decades has helped more than 18,000 children from emerging countries receive treatment for their heart disease. These children have come from 71 different countries and otherwise would not have been treated. View a list of all countries served by GOLI.
There are more than 70 Gift of Life programs throughout the world. The majority of these programs are based in Rotary Clubs or Rotary Districts on 5 continents. View a list of GOL affiliated programs.
Volunteers • Cathy Carroll, Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteers for Gift of Life Mid-South are the lifeblood that provide comfort for the children and their families while in Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and FedExFamilyHouse.
Volunteers, along with members of the board of directors, coordinate travel to and from Memphis, facilitate meals and accommodations with the FedExFamilyHouse, and provide other essentials to enhance the comfort of the children.
The majority of our children are from Spanish-speaking countries, and multilingual volunteers are always needed, be it Spanish, Chinese, or other languages spoken in Africa.
Help save the life of a child and get involved. Our goal is to save the life of one child per month.
If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the form below.