Thank you for taking the time to visit our Walk for Babies fundraising page to benefit the NICU Akron Children’s Hospital.
At our 20 week ultrasound, it was revealed that Mila was measuring in the first percentile for height and weight. Any baby measuring under the tenth percentile is followed closely and it was unknown what was causing her to be so small. We had visits with several doctors to make sure she was safe. Originally, Mila was due on December 16, 2019, however on the night of September 24th she had many drops in her heart rate and it was decided that it was safer for her to be on the outside world instead of inside. Mila was born via emergency c-section, 12 weeks prematurely at 1 pound 8 ounces and 13 inches long. This was a huge shock to us but we knew she was in good hands. When she was born, we briefly got to see her but she was whisked away to Akron Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Chris was able to go visit Mila early that next morning but I was still at Akron City waiting to be discharged so I could be united with my family!
Luckily after Chris's first visit he came back with lots of information, but most importantly our login information for a NICview camera. I felt so lucky and fortunate as a new mother to be able to check in on my baby and to know she is okay. It was the connection I wanted and needed when I was not able to be at the bedside. The NICview camera also was very handy when Chris went back to work, as well as, a tool to share our miracle baby with family and friends.
Our goal is to raise enough money to donate a NICview camera to another room in the NICU, so that families like us can experience a sense of comfort and connection with their brand new baby.
In 2017, Walk for Babies hit a mile stone of over $1 Million dollars raised since 2008. In 2019, we installed the NICVIEW camera system in the Akron and Mahoning Valley campuses. This system allows parents access to their baby 24/7, much needed in today’s world. Without the support of community members like you, Akron Children’s Hospital would not be able to supply the needed assistance to patients and their families in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Akron Children's Hospital's NICU treats 1,800 children annually and is nationally ranked according to U.S News & World Report.
Walk for Babies was created by one family and now has the support of over 1,700 participants, plus their friends and family. As we look towards the future, our goal is to continue to create a community event that makes an impact on local patients for many years to come.
Thank you for your support of Akron Children’s mission and dedication to improving the health of the communities served. I look forward to having you join me virtually on Sunday, October 4th!
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