Lena Olivier was born 10 weeks early with complete heart block.

Miracles on 22nd Street: Lena Olivier

March 1, 2021

On every floor, from room to room at Sanford Children’s Hospital, tiny patients, like Lena Olivier, are fighting big battles. You can give them the best chance to go home healthy.

Lena was born 10 weeks early with complete heart block. After emergency heart surgery, she spent nearly three months in Sanford Children’s Boekelheide NICU.

Today, she’s 2 years old and has already braved five major surgeries. She continues to rely on expert care at the Castle with therapy twice a week.

It’s a lot for this little girl and her family. But Lena’s mom, Melissa, says they choose to find joy and gratitude in their journey. She’s thankful for her daughter’s life and for people like you who support lifesaving care, close to home.

“It’s care you can’t describe,” Melissa said. “They’ve never given up hope on Lena.”


Midwest Communications Radiothon for Kids

Meet more kids like Lena on March 18 and 19 during the Midwest Communications Radiothon for Kids presented by Seykora Remodeling. We’ll broadcast live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Big Country 92.5, Kelo-FM 101.9, New Q95.7 and KRRO 103.7.

100% of every gift to Sanford Children’s cares for kids like Lena by helping:

  • Purchase lifesaving equipment.
  • Assist families with costs not covered by insurance, such as meals, lodging, travel, specialty foods, formula and supplies.
  • Care for every child, regardless of his or her family’s ability to pay.

Tune in and call in your support. Or give early today at sanfordhealthfoundation.org/mwc.