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The Driving Power of Promise

Nancy Gordon, Promise Campaign Co-Chair
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When Nancy Gordon walks through the halls at Texas Children’s Hospital, she’s there to recharge for the enormous task at hand: raising money so we can fulfill our promise to provide the very best care to all the children who come to us for help.

“When I see children who are not well enough to enjoy all the wonderful things our city has to offer, my heart goes out to them,” Nancy said.

Nancy channels this compassion into her service at Texas Children’s. For three decades, she has worked hard to raise funds to help expand the hospital’s facilities and to recruit the brightest specialists in pediatric medicine. She is a powerhouse, serving on the hospital’s initial Development Council and chairing fundraising events prior to joining Texas Children’s Board of Trustees in 1998.

According to Nancy’s husband Jim, “Nancy is not a morning person, but if it has something to do with Texas Children’s — she is up and out!”

Nancy’s contributions as a trustee have centered on capital campaign fundraising. She recently stepped up as a co-chair of the $475 million Promise Campaign. Her passion is the hospital’s passion: ensuring that Texas Children’s has everything it needs to provide the very best care at the right time and in the right place.

So what drives Nancy? Well, she has a personal stake in Texas Children’s that makes her experience truly rich and rewarding. One of her sons was a patient at the hospital as a baby, and her niece, who is now an adult, continues to receive treatment at Texas Children’s for a congenital heart defect. She certainly has the support and admiration of the leadership at Texas Children’s.

Most important, Nancy has made such an impact on her own family that Jim and their sons — Ryan, Scott and Matthew — recently joined forces to make a leadership gift in her honor to support the Promise Campaign.

“Over the years, her fundraising efforts for Texas Children’s have been monumental. We’ve seen how hard she works behind the scenes, and it is truly inspirational,” Ryan said.

Scott has also been moved by his mother’s tireless work ethic and dedication to the hospital.

“I have seen firsthand her passion for helping any child in need, which fuels her amazing drive to improve and grow the hospital alongside the Texas Children’s team,” he said.

Giving to Texas Children’s has been a family matter among the Gordons for many years. In 1990, a gift from the Meyer and Ida Gordon Foundation helped fund the Texas Children’s Meyer and Ida Gordon Emergency Center.

“The Gordons’ legacy of giving to Texas Children’s is remarkable,” Mark A. Wallace, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, said. “We have also been incredibly fortunate to have Nancy serve as a board member, fundraiser and advocate. She is a tireless leader whose wisdom and gracious ways compel others to personally invest in Texas Children’s and what it is doing to advance the health of our community.”

Nancy’s legacy of giving — of time, talent and treasure — will undoubtedly live on.

“The time, effort and endless passion my mother puts into Texas Children’s has been evident to me over the last 18 years,” said Matthew. “What has really made me proud are the compliments we receive about her advocacy of the hospital and its mission. My mother is a role model in the community; her actions have set a standard in our family that my wife Whitney and I hope to live up to.”

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