North Idaho boy donates birthday money to local hospital

A North Idaho child is learning the importance lesson of giving back to the community at an early age.

Jack Pierce may only be in sixth grade, but he’s already building a legacy of giving. Every year, since he was about five, he’s saved his birthday money to give to local groups.

Every year, he raised more and more.

He said the first year he had about $100 to donate. A few years later, he and his family raised nearly $27,000.

“Most kids would ask for gifts for their birthday. For me, I like giving,” Pierce said.

This year, he’s giving $1,000 to the Kootenai Health Foundation to help bring more robotic-assisted surgery technology to Coeur d’Alene.

His money will help pay for a da Vinci robot. It will be the second one at Kootenai Health. Having the additional robot will allow doctors to serve more patients and support the hospital’s goal of keeping patients close to home, according to Dr. Brenna McCrummen.

“The 3D vision and the wristed instruments really make for faster and safer surgery for the patient,” Dr. McCrummen said.

The robotic arms allow for more precision. Surgeons also get a better view at where they are working thanks to large monitors. The technology has also been linked to faster recovery times after surgery.

Pierce knew it would help staff in the operating room, like his mom.

“It’s really nice that she helps save lives and works here,” Pierce said.

She’s even inspired him to believe that when he grows up he might be an anesthesiologist, just like his mom.

Judging by his skills on the da Vinci machine during a demo day Friday, he’ll fit right in in the operating room one day.

Until then, he’ll keep saving, giving, and inspiring others.

“All kids should donate at least some money and it would be a good cause,” Pierce said.

The Kootenai Health Foundation is still raising money to pay for the $2.3 million tool. Learn more about getting involved here.

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