Ireland’s Hope was inspired by a spunky 8 year old girl named Ireland Larson.

Ireland was born with right hypoplastic heart syndrome, which means an underdeveloped right ventricle. Ireland experienced her first open heart surgery when she was just six weeks old. By the time Ireland was four years old, she had already undergone three open heart surgeries. In addition to this, Ireland spent a large portion of her life in and out of hospitals.


As time passed, Ireland continued to experience health complications. She was eventually diagnosed as being in advanced heart failure. She would require a heart transplant in order to survive. Ireland became hospitalized again in January of 2015, where she spent 10 long months waiting to receive a heart transplant, and a second chance at life. Finally, in October of 2015, Ireland got her heart transplant.

Even though Ireland’s Hope was named after Ireland herself, this foundation does exist for all the brave young warriors in need of HOPE.

Ireland’s Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation committed to increasing pediatric organ donation while providing financial assistance to children undergoing heart transplants.

Founded by Ireland’s aunt, Patti O’Connor, “Ireland’s Hope” is dedicated to increasing organ donor awareness and registration in the United States, while also providing financial support to families who have a child who is undergoing or recovering from a pediatric heart transplant in region 7 of the United States.