Carr Family's Story
Derek and Heather Carr proudly support 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 12-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.
Inside the Huddle Event
Raider Nation and Fresno State fans, here's your opportunity to hear from your favorite quarterback, Derek Carr, and his brother, NFL Network analyst and coach David Carr!
Derek and David will host “Inside the Huddle” on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Saroyan Theatre in Fresno. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m.
ABC30 Sports Director Tommy Tran will emcee “Inside the Huddle” and interview Derek and David. Fans will get a chance to hear the brothers break down and analyze the top 5 plays for the Raiders’ 2017 season. Nowhere else will you get this behind-the-scenes look LIVE from Derek. The pair will also answer audience questions.
The evening will conclude with a drawing – raffle tickets will be given to every guest who attends. Derek will call up four lucky guests to receive signed #4 jerseys.
For the super fan, VIP tickets are also available. Each VIP guest will receive a gift bag with a white panel Raiders Football, an 8” x 10” photo of Derek Carr and an “Inside the Huddle” commemorative T-shirt. VIP guests will also be treated to warm appetizers, open bar (beer & wine) and photo opportunities with Derek and David. Guests will also have the chance to have all their items in their gift bag signed. A professional photographer will also take photos that will be available to guests that night. [Note: no extra memorabilia items will be allowed in the VIP event.] After a festive “Meet & Greet” with Derek & David Carr, VIP guests will be escorted into the Saroyan Theatre. Each guest will have preferred, reserved seating near the front of the stage. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the VIP Meet & Greet and runs from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
This will be a memorable event for football fans and all ticket sales from the VIP and general event benefit Valley Children’s Healthcare.
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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.