Awarded through the foundation's Molly Blank Fund, the gift will establish the Molly Blank Pediatric Care Fund at National Jewish Health, where approximately one-third of pediatric patients receive charity care each year. The fund is named in honor of the late Molly Blank, a former NJH patient and longtime supporter of pediatric care at the hospital.
In 1999, Blank, a sculptor and avid folk dancer who enjoyed teaching classes to senior citizens, gave $1 million to NJH for construction of the Molly Blank Conference Center on the hospital's Denver campus. After her death in 2015, her sons, Michael and Home Depot co-founder and Giving Pledge signatory Arthur, established the Molly Blank Fund at the Blank Family Foundation to continue her legacy and support the causes she valued most.
"We are grateful to the Blank family for this incredible gift and long-standing philanthropy to National Jewish Health," said NJH president and CEO Michael Salem. "Children who come here for care often have life-threatening allergic and respiratory conditions, including eczema, food allergies, and asthma. Families who are uninsured or underinsured suffer a tremendous burden when they worry about how to pay for treatment. The Blank family's investment helps to remove that burden and allows our patients and families to focus on healing."