If you haven’t heard, we are having a party on Monday the 18th to benefit two very worthy charities. We are going to split the proceeds from the event 50/50 between the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyand The Children’s Hospital. I’d like to tell you a bit about why we are supporting the Children’s Hospital.
I am the proud father of three beautiful little children, a four year old daughter and twin two year old boys. All three had a pretty rough start, each spending weeks in a hospital newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Of course we have a huge debt of gratitude to the doctors & nurses who provided their care, but also to the generous people who funded the facilities and research that made their care possible.
Our first encounter with a NICU came on January 2nd, 2004. My wife was 34 weeks pregnant when her water broke on New Year’s Eve. We had no indication that there was any reason to worry before that; in fact, my wife had just seen her doctor and everything was fine. My daughter was born late in the day on the 1st and we were told that she would probably be OK – 6 weeks premature is not considered extremely early and she was big (5 ½ lbs.) for her gestational age. The only clear problem was that her breathing was labored and difficult. As the night wore on, Lauren’s breathing problems were not getting better so the doctor recommended transporting her to the local NICU. One of my clearest memories from the night was that my first decision as a father was to sign the paper transferring her over to the hospital downtown. (more…)