This is Ann Catherine in her first few days of life.
She was only one pound, 15 ounces and was incredibly sick. Each breath was a struggle.
That is Chris' wedding band on her arm. It actually went all the way up her arm and rested (actually dangled) on her shoulder. Think of how small your husband's wedding band is. Imagine putting it on your newborn's arm. She was so tiny. There was not an ounce of body fat on her. You could actually count her ribs as she took each breath.
I know that God saved Ann Catherine's life. I also know that the care she received in the Neonatal ICU at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children allowed her to grow and get better each day.
I am posting this because we are just three weeks away from this year's Swim for Melissa! This is our major fundraising event for the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund that raises money to buy critical equipment for the NICU. This year, we are hoping to buy new Giraffe warmers for the NICU.
We're getting into crunch time and the last leg of raising money before the big event. To that end, I'm posting a link to Ann Catherine's swim page for any of you who are interested in making a donation to her. To visit it, click here. Your donation is tax-deductible and you will receive an email from Huntsville Hospital Foundation for tax purposes.
Don't forget - the money we raise goes directly into the NICU right here in our hometown. It will go to help babies from the Shoals to Ft. Payne. The Neonatal ICU at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children is the only regional Level III NICU in our area and that means any sick baby in our area is coming to our NICU. That's what I love about our fund. It stays right here in our city, helping your loved ones and neighbors.
By the grace of God, Ann Catherine went from this...
I often say NICU is like life insurance. You hope you never need it, but when you do, you are so glad it's there. You may not have used it, but you never know when someone you love may have to.
Help us give ALL babies a fighting chance. And thanks so much for supporting this wonderful cause!