Greg Olsen’s 8-Year-Old Son T.J. Will Undergo A Heart Transplant After A Donor Match Was Found

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T.J. Olsen, the son of former NFL tight end Greg Olsen, is set to receive a heart transplant. T.J., who was born with a congenital heart defect, has had three open-heart surgeries and lived with a modified heart for eight years. Recently, his father shared that his heart was “reaching its end.”

The family’s prayers were answered eight days later and Olsen announced on Friday that a heart donor has been found for his son.

Prayers for T.J. have flooded in since Olsen’s announcement last month and Friday’s great news is what Olsen is calling “a huge step forward” with a “long road ahead.”

Olsen and his wife, Kara, have been some of the most transparent, generous people throughout their son’s difficult journey. The two began the HEARTest Yard initiative shortly after the birth of T.J. and his twin sister. The initiative raises money for less fortunate families going through crises like theirs.

In addition, the three-time Pro Bowler and his wife have donated millions of dollars to the charity and have been very active in the Charlotte community. Olsen spent most of his career with the Panthers and calls North Carolina home.

Of their many efforts, the Olsen family helped to unveil the HEARTest Yard Congenital Heart Center at Levin Children’s Hospital in December. The 25,000-foot facility houses all of the hospital’s pediatric services in one place and focuses on congenital heart disorders like T.J.’s.

While Olsen did not provide any details on the donor or timeline for his son’s transplant, it was a welcomed update. He and his family have been nothing but grace throughout the last eight years. Keep T.J. and his family in your thoughts!