When I embarked on the path to parenthood never in a million years did I expect to give birth at 28 weeks gestation (or 31 weeks gestation 2 yrs later) but then parenthood is never really what you expect is it? All these years later I look back at pictures and see not only my children but the NICU. A place that is engrained in my memories of becoming a parent. The people of the NICU are forever in our family photos and they should be, they became family. While my children didn't have their NICU stay at Children's they received care there through the years. There’s a reason you get sent to Children’s – they’re the best!
For me there’s a special place for those dedicated to the NICU but that’s not all Children’s does. From broken bones to rare childhood illness Children’s Hospital is the best. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and hear the stories of families touched by Children’s and it’s always with a grateful heart that those stories are shared. It’s not just the children who are cared for either, but the entire family. Children can’t get better if the family isn’t helped through the process. I was fortunate to work with Children’s NICU for a short time when my kids were little, and I learned firsthand those people are special and do work that changes the world for the people they care for.
I have always tried to find ways to give back to the preemie community and this year I've found the perfect event - Courage Classic! Bicycling and supporting Children's Hospital, it’s amazing! Can you imagine, riding my bike to give back to the community that has been such a big part of my life? A dream come true. If you have any room in your budget, please consider a donation, no matter how small. Remember, little things are important and can grow beyond imagination!