Carr Family's Story
Derek and Heather Carr proudly supporter Valley Children's Healthcare through a very personal connection.
Hours after their son, Dallas, was born in 2013, he was rushed into emergency surgery at Valley Children's Hospital. Dallas was born with intestinal malrotation, a potentially life-threatening congenital anomaly that can cut off blood supply to the intestinal tract.
Dallas underwent two more surgeries and spent 23 days in Valley Children's Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest level of care available for neonates and infants between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Today, Dallas is a healthy, rambunctious toddler.
"I want people to know how great this place is," Derek says of Valley Children's. "There's no better place for kids. They genuinely care for your child and that meant a lot. Every child who comes in here is their No. 1 priority."
The Valley Children's team saved my son's life. They gave my family hope and will continue to help families for decades to come. It's my hospital. It's your hospital. — Derek Carr, Professional Football Player and Valley Children's Supporter
Derek and Heather have established DC4KIDS, a campaign intended to fund the most immediate needs at Valley Children’s. DC4KIDS will help our network meet the needs of over 1.3 million children who live in our 11-county service area. It will also help Valley Children’s provide the most advanced patient care technology, recruit the best pediatric specialists, improve care and services for our most complex patients and develop the best pediatric specialty programs.
Derek Carr Touchdown Challenge
As a way to support DC4KIDS, we invite you to join the Derek Carr Touchdown Challenge. For every touchdown pass Derek completes in the 2017-18 season – plus any rushing touchdowns –participants will donate $100 to DC4KIDS.
In appreciation for participating in the Touchdown Challenge, club members will receive an autographed photo of Derek and an invitation to attend a special reception with Derek in 2018. To view photos from this year’s special reception held in May with Derek please click here.
Participants will also be acknowledged in a weekly “Touchdown Count” post on the Valley Children’s Foundation’s Facebook page, recognizing Derek’s performance in the game as well as our generous Touchdown Challenge club members’ names.
Members that are renewing their commitment will also receive a special Derek Carr Touchdown Challenge polo for their continued support. Members are encouraged to promote themselves as Touchdown Challenge club members on social media.
Please click here to join the effort with Derek Carr and Valley Children’s. If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation at (559) 353-7100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How You Can Help
Join Derek and Heather Carr in their campaign to support Valley Children’s Healthcare. Click here to donate today.
In 2014, Derek's son was named Valley Children's Captain of the Game, taking part in pregame ceremonies with the Fresno State Bulldogs.
During his rookie year in the NFL, Derek arranged for a group of oncology patients to attend a Raiders game and stand on the field during warmups.
The Carrs visited Valley Children's Hospital, spending time with kids and staff.
Over the summer, Derek stepped in front of the cameras to show his support for Valley Children's.