2020 Walk For Babies

Amazing Kara Grace

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Amazing Kara Grace Walk for Babies fundraising page to benefit the NICU Akron Children’s Hospital!

About the Amazing Kara Grace:

Our team is coming together this year to continue the celebration of our Amazing Kara Grace!  She is a true miracle in every way!  She was born at Akron General Hospital in December of 2017 at 27 weeks after having no amniotic fluid for over five weeks.  She weighed only 1 lb 4 oz and was 12 ¼ inches long at birth, so she was considered a micro-preemie.  She had a lot of health issues when she was born, but over the course of her stay at Akron Children’s Hospital, she was determined to survive and thrive.  She had a lot of helpful and knowledgeable caregivers that helped her grow!  

She stayed at Akron Children’s Hospital for a lengthy 210 days in the NICU.  She was discharged in July 2018 with oxygen, monitors, and a g-tube for feeding.  Over the course of the next year after discharge, she spent an additional 70 days at a local hospital closer to home.  She fought every sickness that she acquired like the true champ that she truly is!  Today, she is a thriving 2 ½ year old who no longer needs the g-tube for feeding, oxygen for breathing, or monitors to watch over her.  She is a feisty, lovable, smart, and energetic little girl who has made a big impression on everyone she loves meets!  Her family and friends love her so very much!  She is our Amazing Kara Grace! 

About Walk4Babies:

In 2017, Walk for Babies hit a milestone of over $1 Million dollars raised since 2008.  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. 

About Akron Children’s Hospital:

Akron Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Northeast Ohio and provides care through more than 1,100,000 outpatient visits per year. Care is delivered at hospital campuses in Akron and the Mahoning Valley or in one of 27 pediatrician offices or 80 pediatric specialty locations across the region. Through gifts like yours, the hospital is able to purchase vital medical equipment, offer programs that bring extra comfort to families during difficult times and fund innovative research that helps identify new ways of diagnosing and treating illnesses.

We All Thank You!

Thank you for your support of Akron Children’s mission and dedication to improving the health of the communities served.  We look forward to you joining us on Sunday, October 4, 2020.  As we progress in my fundraising endeavors, we hope that you check back frequently for updates and stories of patients in our communities.  If you have any questions, please contact Holly Nielsen-Rowlett or Steve Rowlett.  Thank you!

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