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|Cooper, Sydney, and Miller 2014; Cooper in the NICU 2008|
|Please help us in supporting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at North York General Hospital.|
The NICU holds a special place in our hearts, as it is where our little Cooper spent his first few weeks of life.
Cooper was born 5 weeks early, and while he weighed a whopping 8lbs 4oz, his lungs were not yet fully developed and he had ‘wet lung’ caused by c-section. After he was born, he was immediately taken to the NICU to be placed on an assisted breathing device, a CPAP machine. He spent the following week growing stronger and stronger, and after 12 days in the hospital, we were finally able to bring Cooper home.
The doctors and nurses in the NICU provided us with so much care and support during our difficult time. We are incredibly grateful to the Hospital and to the many caring staff members who continued to provide our family with such a high level of care, including ongoing developmental checkups until Cooper turned two.
Our fundraising efforts, and your contributions, have already started to have real-life impacts. The NICU has purchased two specialized beds in the care-by-parent rooms to provide a more comfortable stay for mothers while their new babies receive support from the NICU. As well, the family room now has new computers, which are vital tools that help parents stay in touch with loved ones during their stays.
Each year as a family, we visit the NICU, and our children choose their own toys, as well as new toys that they would like to donate to the family room. This generosity was highlighted by the hospital in the following article: www.nyghfoundation.ca/our-stories/teaching-value-giving
We have created this endowment to, not only provide the ongoing support that the NICU needs, but to help teach our own children the spirit of giving. We are asking that you please make a contribution to help buy essential new equipment that will save babies' lives, as well as provide the necessities that help make family stays easier. With your support, the NICU will continue to remain the special place that supports so many families each year.
Please help us reach our fundraising goal. Thank you for your support!