NICU STRONG Walk 2020

My Girl Veda

Team MY GIRL VEDA is participating in the Virtual NICU STRONG Walk 2020 on September 13th. All money raised will fund innovative treatment, cutting-edge equipment, much-needed research and support for our patients and families of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.

On June 6th, 2019 at 10:35pm, our NICU warrior Veda was born via an emergency c-section after a growth ultrasound placed her in the 3rd percentile for her gestational age of 34 weeks. Weighing just 3lbs, 7.4 ounces, the official diagnosis was Intrauterine Growth Restriction, or IUGR. IUGR is when a fetus fails to grow at the expected rate during the pregnancy and occurs in around 3 in every 100 pregnancies. Delayed growth puts IUGR babies at risk of health problems. In Veda’s case, on June 13th (NICU Day 7), she developed Necrotizing Enterocolitis, a disease that affects the intestines of premature babies. We were lucky in catching the symptoms early and, after undergoing treatment for 7 days, Veda was able to make a full recovery and was finally welcomed home on June 30th.

We could not be more thankful for all the nurses, doctors, and staff who provided round-the-clock care for Veda during her 25 day stay in the NICU.

We decided to support this amazing cause because the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) admits about 940 newborns each year, so the need is great for innovative treatment and care. Approximately 80 newborns weigh less than 1,500 grams (that is approximately 3lbs., 5oz!).

In 2018, NICUSTRONG was formed in support of these babies and their families. Since its inception, the walk has raised over $225,000, largely due to the tremendous support of teams like us. So far, funding has helped support life-like manikins for vital education purposes, critical research, parent programs and more!

We hope you will support our team – $25, $50, $100 or any amount – will make a significant difference!

Thank you for supporting our team and we encourage you to join us at the walk as well! Registration is quick and easy and you can get a NICUSTRONG Family Fun Kit…click the Join A Team button and complete the registration process. Together we can make a bigger impact.

Thank you for your generosity and support. Together we can make a difference for these families and babies!

 

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