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Monday, July 19, 2010

It's Time!

As we drove in the car last week, Chris said, "Do you realize that Swim for Melissa is a month away?"

Oh my word! Make that less than a month.

Swim for Melissa is the major fundraising event for the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund at Huntsville Hospital Foundation. It's August 14 at Hampton Cove Pool. Kids ages 4-14 are encouraged to raise money and swim that day.

Now I know the raise money part isn't appealing to some of you - especially those with kids in school who are always having to sell stuff. But we make it so easy! You just go to the website, set up your child's page and email it to family and friends asking them to donate online. That's all you have to do. No going door to door. No keeping up with money. That's it.

We love for kids to actually form teams, but if your child (or children) just wants to swim without forming a team, that's okay too. To register, click here.

Ann Catherine is pumped this year because she is swimming for the first time at Swim for Melissa! She has formed her own team called Melissa's Miracles. If you would like to support her by making a donation, please click here to see her page. If you make a donation, you can also leave a comment for her. She will love that!

All money raised will be used to provide three Giraffe Incubators and a Giraffe Omnibed to help increase the survival rate of infants in our NICU. Here's a picture of a Giraffe Omnibed. These beds are amazing!

We'll also use the money to establish a Family Support program and a staff liaison to help parents and families during their stay in the NICU. When your child ends up in the NICU, you are so scared. I am thrilled that we'll be able to provide such an important service to our families!

Thanks for your support of Melissa's Fund. And please come out on Saturday, August 14 and enjoy a day of family fun for a great cause!

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