Thank you for taking the time to visit the Super Stephen Walk for Babies fundraising page to benefit the NICU Akron Children’s Hospital.
Our team is named for our NICU graduate, Stephen, who spent 56 days in the NICU. Stephen was born at 27 weeks and weighed only 2 lbs. 12 oz. He is now a healthy 13 year old who is an artist, loves musicals, enjoys playing his ukulele and viola, and is an all around great kid. He attended the first Walk for Babies in 2007 just 2 months after graduating from the NICU. At the 2018 Walk, Stephen joined the face painting crew. He and the rest of our family look forward to the Walk every year. This is the 13th year that the Super Stephen team has participated in the Walk.
In 2017, Walk for Babies hit a mile stone 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.
Since it was started, the funds raised by the Walk for Babies has supported projects such as:
--Kangaroo chairs in each room of the NICU to promote skin to skin care for every family and their baby
--Books for siblings
--2 week parking passes
--NICView cameras in patient rooms
One of the goals for this year's walk is to purchase a ventilator for the NICU.
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.
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.
Thank you for your suport 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.