Country superstar Luke Bryan is once again stepping up to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) after losing his young niece to complications of CHD in 2017.
On Thursday (Feb. 13), the two-time ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year will be joined by two young CHD patients when he performs the National Anthem prior to the matchup between the Nashville Predators and the New York Islanders during the Nashville Predators Foundation’s Hockey Has Heart Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Night.
According to a press release, the evening is in support of the cardiac research and support that takes place at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. A Congenital Heart Defect occurs when the heart, or blood vessels near the heart, don’t develop normally before birth. The condition impacts 40,000 newborns in the U.S. each year.
Bryan and his wife Caroline have been longtime supporters of raising awareness and funding research for Congenital Heart Defects since their niece, Sadie Brett Boyer, passed away in 2017. The couple, along with Brett’s parents, Ellen and Bo Boyer, created The Brett Boyer Foundation in the little girl’s honor.
“We’re thrilled by Luke Bryan’s support of our upcoming Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Night,” Predators Vice President of Community Relations Rebecca King shared in a statement. “This disease impacts thousands of U.S. families annually, so we look forward to joining forces with Luke in support of a cause that means as much to him as it does to us. Thursday night will not only be an amazing celebration of the CHD fighters in attendance, but will also offer the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and funds for CHD, which affects over 760 babies born in Tennessee each year.”
In addition to The Brett Boyer Foundation, several other CHD non-profits will also be on-site at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. Over 200 heart warriors and their families will be in attendance as the guests of honor and will receive the star treatment at Thursday’s game. After a pre-game mixer, the children will have the opportunity to high five the team as they take the ice, ring the “Mayor of Smashville” siren and even enjoy all the action from Pekka Rinne’s 365 Fund suite or Matt Duchene’s Hockey Tonk.
Tickets for Thursday’s Nashville Predators game are available for purchase HERE.
Bryan will return to Bridgestone Arena later this year on his Proud To Be Right Here Tour.