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The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation was founded in 2008, by Nancy and Katherine Heigl. The Heigl's desire to end cruelty and abuse inspired them to create an organization dedicated to animal welfare that would celebrate the compassion, kindness and memory of a beloved son and brother.
On September 23rd 1986, Jason was in a tragic car accident and suffered massive brain damage while returning to New Canaan High School with three friends. He died one week later in Norwalk Hospital and the family decided to donate all his organs to help others live. He was 15 years old.
Throughout his brief lifetime Jason loved all animals, especially dogs, cats and monkeys and he lived his life extending compassion and kindness to all creatures great and small. The Foundation is his legacy.
The goal of the JDHF is to eliminate the needless suffering inflicted on animals by human cruelty, indifference and ignorance.