Community Spotlight: Nick Foligno
Wednesday, Columbus Blue Jacket’s 29 year-old forward Nick Foligno was the recipient of two NHL awards – the King Clancy trophy and the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. Both accolades are centred around players who exemplify leadership qualities on ice and in their respective communities.
In October of 2013 Foligno and wife Janelle birthed their third child Milana. Soon after Milana was diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital heart defect by heart specialists at Columbus’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In November of 2013 Milana had life saving surgery performed at the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Following a successful surgery Janelle and Nick donated $500,000 to Boston Children’s Hospital back in November, 2016. The Foligno family also made a $500,000 donation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital on behalf of Milana. Congenital heart disease is one of the most common birth defects affecting 1% of the population. Each donation will be used for cardiovascular research, heart care and to bring awareness to congenital heart defects and fetal cardiology. As a token of acknowledgement, Nationwide named their cardiovascular research lab after the Foligno family.
Coming off a 51-point season, the ten year vet, husband and father of three accepted his two leadership awards with the following sentiment - “from the beginning of this journey with Milana, one thing was constant – we knew we wanted to help others who would find themselves in a situation like ours…I think you don’t really understand what it is to become a leader until you’ve become a dad or a parent”.
Milana will be celebrating her fourth birthday in October.
All the best to the Foligno family