Sunday, December 17, 2006
Spirit of Hope
What an amazing night! Tuesday, December 12th was the 2nd Annual "Spirit of Hope" Tree Lighting at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children. Part of the proceeds from the tree lighting go to the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund. Last year, we raised enough to buy a transport ventilator for the Kids Care ambulance. Premature children who are born outside of Huntsville are brought to the hospital aboard that ambulance. The ventilator they had on board was old, so we were so happy to be able to buy a new one. Premature babies are often born with lung problems and they need to go on a ventilator after they are born to help them breathe. This year, the NICU is in need of more cardiac monitors. We hope to buy 6-8 of them from the money raised from this tree lighting. I don't have an exact amount raised yet, but I do know that as of Tuesday, we had already sold more lights than this time last year. My sincere thanks to all of you who supported the tree lighting this year, and who have supported Melissa's fund in the past. 100% of your donation goes straight into the NICU to buy equipment and other things the nurses and doctors need. Your donation truly does make a difference. You are helping the doctors and nurses save the tiniest lives, and as the mother of one of those "miracles", I can't thank you enough!
This year's tree lighting was extra special for us. Not only was Ann Catherine there, but Lily joined us also. Melissa's fund is a huge part of our lives, and we want Ann Catherine and Lily to, not only take part, but to know how Melissa's short life is impacting premature babies and their parents. To learn more about our fund, click here.