Aspire Magazine Issue 2 - Page 23

OPPOSITE: Jack Nicklaus, Kody Clemens, Barbara Nicklaus, Roger Clemens, and Ken Duke attend the 2017 CFI, which benefi ted the National PKU Alliance and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. FROM LEFT: Cana Vineyard and Winery; Barbara and Jack Nicklaus. “I believe when something gets going from the ground up, it’s always a better start if it’s from personal experience,” says Barbara Nicklaus. As young parents, Barbara and husband Jack Nicklaus faced the world- shattering reality of having a sick child. Their 11-month- old daughter, Nan, had been suffering from bouts of choking. After three months and no answers, a doctor ordered an X-ray of her chest and found a little cloud on her lung. During a procedure using an adult bronchoscope, doctors discovered bits of a blue crayon. It wasn’t going to disintegrate on its own, and while trying to remove it, they dropped a piece further into her lung and she developed pneumonia. Doctors at Columbus (OH) Children’s Hospital—now Nationwide Children’s—saved Nan’s life. A little blue crayon almost colored the Nicklaus world very dark. “Jack and I decided then and there that if we were ever in a position to do anything to help, we wanted it to be for children,” Barbara recalled. In 2004, and almost 40 years later, they founded the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation (NCHCF), and now there is a renowned children’s hospital in Miami and 14 outpatient centers bearing the Nicklaus name. The Foundation has been the beneficiary of Southworth Development’s Creighton Farms Invitational since event one. On the heels of an early 2018 Florida fundraising event in which Laura Bush was the keynote speaker, Barbara revealed that passion, purpose, and family define her impressive legacy. HOW HAS YOUR VISION FOR THE NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION AND NOW NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN MIAMI EVOLVED? Since 2004, we’ve raised close to $85 million through the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. We always wanted to have a children’s hospital in our area. It started step- by-step, and now, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami has seen patients from every state in the U.S., and from 119 countries. We have 180 beds in the acute care pavilion on the main campus of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. We’ve been working hard, and feel blessed that we’re able to help. ASPIRE | ISSUE TWO 21