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Weeden supports OKC's Children's Hospital

Posted Jul 6, 2013

Quarterback Brandon Weeden is hosting his second-annual golf outing to support Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is hosting his second-annual “Swing from the Heart” golf outing this weekend to help endow a chair of pediatric cardiac care at Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.

The two-day event starts with a party on Sunday night and concludes with a round of golf on Monday morning.

“All the proceeds go to my foundation, which will, in turn, go to the Children’s Hospital,” Weeden told NFL Network’s “NFL AM” earlier this week. “We’re trying to get to that $1 million mark. It’s going to take some time, but we’ve got good people like T. Boone Pickens, our big donor at Oklahoma State, Ken Davidson, another donor at Oklahoma State, that have been very generous in giving.

“We’ve got a great turnout, great people involved, and what more can you say? We’ve got great people here in Oklahoma City that have gone out of their way to help me and this foundation raise money for Children’s Hospital.”

Weeden is motivated to help children suffering from heart ailments because of Gavin Kuykendall, the six-year-old son of Weeden’s good friends, Adam and Faith. Weeden’s wife, Melanie, worked with Adam out of college, and the two families formed a strong bond in support of Gavin, who has battled through four open-heart surgeries to correct hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a congenital heart ailment where the left ventricle is underdeveloped.

“When I decided to start a foundation, we went to the family, they prayed about it and this is what they wanted to do,” Weeden said. “They wanted to help Children’s Hospital bring in a pediatric cardiac specialist. Unfortunately, in Oklahoma City, we don’t have a specialist. I pledged to raise a million dollars to endow a chair for the Children’s Hospital.”