Children’s Receives Gift of $25 Million
Retired Delta Pilot Gives Generous Donation to Children’s Transplant Services
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has received a one-time gift of $25 million that has been designated for Transplant services. The donation, given by retired Delta pilot, Joseph H. Moss, was prompted by an article published more than four years ago regarding a young teenager in need of a kidney transplant.
Moss, who grew up in the Midwest, was a Delta pilot for nearly 37 years. He began flying as a student at the University of Texas and went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a WWII veteran. In April 2004, Moss was flying from Atlanta to his second home in New York when he read an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about a 13-year-old boy, Edgar, in need of a kidney transplant. It inspired Moss, a grandfather of five, to donate to the boy’s family for his medical care.
“Helping Edgar was a God-given opportunity to provide a child with the care he so desperately needed,” said Moss. “Following Edgar and his family throughout their medical journey allowed me and my family to understand the importance of the overall mission at Children’s. We realized the impact we could make by supporting the Transplant program at Children’s, and ultimately helping more children.”
Today, Moss’ generosity will dramatically impact the pediatric Transplant program at Children’s. The extraordinary gift will provide the Children’s Transplant team with the resources in clinical care and research to better serve children from throughout Georgia and from around the nation who are in need of liver, heart and kidney transplants—to make a lifetime of difference to thousands of children for generations to come.
“We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Mr. Moss,” said Doug Hertz, chairman of the Children’s Board of Trustees. “This gift will enable Children’s to continue to grow the Transplant program far beyond what would have otherwise been possible. Children’s is able to continue to meet the rapidly growing needs of the regions’ pediatric population because of donors like Mr. Moss.”
Moss resided in Atlanta for more than 50 years and is currently a resident of Austin, Texas and New York, N.Y. He and his wife, Nena Christine Moss, have five grandchildren, three of whom live in Austin, Texas.
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