Sophia (Sophie) was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). Melissa and Daniel Kirkwood share their family's OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital story.  (January 18, 2018)


Big Al’s has always jumped at the chance to work with Doernbecher, but for me, the partnership is incredibly & overwhelmingly personal, too; my beautiful six-year old daughter Sophia is a Doernbecher baby!

In late May 2013, Sophia was born with a Congenital Heart Defect. Leading up to her birth and for the first six months of her life, my wife, Melissa & I practically lived at Doernbecher. Sophie ultimately underwent three open-heart surgeries before she was even four years old – there’s no question to me the Doctors & Nurses at Doernbecher literally saved her life. The care Sophie received was second-to-none, but more than that, the Doernbecher staff also cared for my entire family during what was beyond an incredibly stressful & difficult time.
Daniel Kirkwood