One Tri-State family wants pay it forward to the two Indianapolis facilities that helped them through an extremely difficult time, and they're hoping you can help.

Just over a year ago, the family of 1-year-old Kingdon Milan found themselves in a scary situation. At just six weeks old, Kingdon was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect (‘Infracardiac’ Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, to be exact) that caused all four of his pulmonary veins connect to his liver instead of the left atrium of his heart. If that wasn't scary enough, doctors also found a hole between the chambers of his heart.The discovery led to Kingdon being taken by Life Flight to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for emergency surgery to correct the issue and a month-long stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

During that "stressful, and heart breaking experience," the family says they were "treated with the utmost care, love, and respect" by every member of the staffs of those facilities including doctors, nurses, and social workers just to name a few.

It's that first-hand experience that led the family to set up a giveback for both facilities in order to assist other families whose primary responsibility is to be there for their child.

Their plan is to make a trip to Indy to cook dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House on March 3rd as well as deliver every day items those families need such as:

  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • Laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper plates, bowls, cups, paper towels, etc.)
  • Non perishable food items such as 12 packs of canned soft drinks
  • New and unused baby and kids toys / items

Donation boxes have been set up for these items at Iron Guard Storage at 4619 Washington Avenue in Evansville and can be dropped off from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Oh, and how is young Kingdon doing these days? He's a normal 1-year-old who is who full of life and curiosity with a prognosis for a long and healthy life thanks to the efforts of the staffs at both facilities.

For more on Kingdon's story and information about donations, the family has set up a page called, "From Kingdon with Love" on Facebook.