Luke Bryan To Support CHD Awareness At Nashville Predators Game
Country superstar Luke Bryan is once again stepping up to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) after losing his…
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Country superstar Luke Bryan is once again stepping up to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) after losing his young niece to complications of CHD in 2017.
On Thursday (Feb. 13), the two-time ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year will be joined by two young CHD patients when he performs the National Anthem prior to the matchup between the Nashville Predators and the New York Islanders during the Nashville Predators Foundation’s Hockey Has Heart Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Night.
According to a press release, the evening is in support of the cardiac research and support that takes place at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. A Congenital Heart Defect occurs when the heart, or blood vessels near the heart, don’t develop normally before birth. The condition impacts 40,000 newborns in the U.S. each year.
Bryan and his wife Caroline have been longtime supporters of raising awareness and funding research for Congenital Heart Defects since their niece, Sadie Brett Boyer, passed away in 2017. The couple, along with Brett’s parents, Ellen and Bo Boyer, created The Brett Boyer Foundation in the little girl’s honor.
“We’re thrilled by Luke Bryan’s support of our upcoming Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Night,” Predators Vice President of Community Relations Rebecca King shared in a statement. “This disease impacts thousands of U.S. families annually, so we look forward to joining forces with Luke in support of a cause that means as much to him as it does to us. Thursday night will not only be an amazing celebration of the CHD fighters in attendance, but will also offer the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and funds for CHD, which affects over 760 babies born in Tennessee each year.”
In addition to The Brett Boyer Foundation, several other CHD non-profits will also be on-site at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. Over 200 heart warriors and their families will be in attendance as the guests of honor and will receive the star treatment at Thursday’s game. After a pre-game mixer, the children will have the opportunity to high five the team as they take the ice, ring the “Mayor of Smashville” siren and even enjoy all the action from Pekka Rinne’s 365 Fund suite or Matt Duchene’s Hockey Tonk.
Tickets for Thursday’s Nashville Predators game are available for purchase HERE.
Bryan will return to Bridgestone Arena later this year on his Proud To Be Right Here Tour.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.