Posted on Fri May 28 2021
(DALLAS) – May 27, 2021 – The Kynect Foundation, a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) founded by members of the Kynect community, answered the call to assist a local military family in need recently. The organization’s $5,000 donation to Operation Once in a Lifetime helped ensure the family could send their son, who has a rare and dangerous medical condition, to a life-changing inpatient program at Dallas Children’s Hospital.
Operation Once in a Lifetime learned about the child through another military family. Eleven-year-old Xander was born with truncus arteriosus, a condition where a person has one large artery in the heart to carry blood to the lungs and body instead of two separate ones. In Xander’s case, only the left side of his heart was formed. He was also born with esophageal atresia (EA) and tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF). Essentially, Xander’s esophagus is not connected to his stomach.
“If that wasn’t bad enough, he also suffers from asthma and chronic lung disease. Just looking at the scars throughout Xander’s body, you can tell he’s been through some rough times,” said an Operation Once in a Lifetime representative. “He has never even eaten food, as he was fed with a feeding tube and port his entire life.”
Xander’s father was stationed in Arkansas when he learned Xander was selected for a 30-day inpatient program at Dallas Children’s Hospital. There, doctors will perform minor surgical revisions and teach him to eat.
The family’s hopes briefly faded when they learned the local Ronald McDonald House sustained major damage during February’s winter storm. The damage, combined with COVID restrictions, meant there was no room for Xander’s parents there. They would have to find a way to afford a month-long stay at a nearby hotel.
But in April, during a recognition and training event for Kynect Associates in Dallas, the Kynect Foundation presented Operation Once in a Lifetime with a check for $5,000, which went on to help Xander’s family secure lodging for the duration of their son’s inpatient stay.
“This family’s story is special to the entire Kynect family,” said Kynect Co-founder and head of the Kynect Foundation Pierre Koshakji. “It’s an absolute privilege for our community to play a small role in making sure Xander gets this life-changing care. We’re all rooting for him and keeping the whole family in our prayers.”
To learn more about the Kynect Foundation and their mission, or to make a donation, visit kynectfoundation.org.
About the Kynect Foundation
Founded in Dallas, the Kynect Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to serving and giving back to our Three Pillars: veterans, first responders, and children with critical needs. Through service, community outreach, charitable giving, and our connections to each other, we will make this world better. To learn more or to make a donation, visit kynectfoundation.org.