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Money raised at golf tourney to help boy in need of heart transplant

Posted May 24, 2016
Jhett Texas Children's Hospital

Since 2013, Musket Corporation has raised nearly $1 million in support of Texas Children's Hospital, proceeds raised over the course of four years from Musket's Drive for a Child golf tournament in Houston.

The money raised is all to help kids like Jhett, a 9-year-old Texas Children's Hospital patient who was born with cardiomyopathy, a chronic heart disease. He must be within one hour of the hospital in order to receive a heart transplant, so he and his father live in Houston while the rest of Jhett’s family lives at their home in Oklahoma.

And it's not just any heart transplant. This will be Jhett's second.

"With Texas Children's, Jhett's had the same doctor, the same staff the whole time. They're just a really A+ group," said Jhett's father, Brian Skaggs.

Support from the hospital is made possible thanks to the generous contributions made by Musket's partners.

"We actually all flew in. It was six of us. We flew in a day early so we could be here this morning and take the tour. You walk through the hospital; you see where the money goes. You see the impact it makes," said John Edwards, the Gulf Coast business unit manager for SafeRack.

"We've had some companies that have been very consistent, and we're just extremely appreciative," said VP of Musket JP Fjeld-Hansen.

Jhett's dad echoed that appreciation to all those who participated in the golf event.

"It's just greatly appreciated because there are so many families just like us that aren't necessarily from Houston that need the services of the hospital. There's people from China, Dubai, and they all come here for a reason -- because it's the best place around," Skaggs said.

Texas Children's Hospital is the Houston affiliate for Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

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