Children's Hospital was my safety net when I was pregnant and thereafter, and my story is a happy one.
When I was pregnant with my first daughter Vienna, there were risks associated with coming to full term due to some genetic factors in my family history. We decided to deliver at Beth Israel because Children's was across the street. V came out a round cherub healthy and happy as a little lamb.
Then for my second pregnancy with Simone, we were on high alert for 20 weeks because she ran the risk of being born with Down's. I ended up at the hospital two times during that portion of my pregnancy and then on functional bed rest, where I could go to work but otherwise, lay in bed or on the couch while V, 3 at the time, ran the house. When I finally went into labor, I was scared. I was in great hands at the BI but found solace in our proximity to Children's in those moments when I would finally know what was to come of my baby and the life we knew. As you all know, our very precocious Simone came out tiny and fighting but there was no need for us to cross that street that day.
It came weeks later when she was diagnosed with severe allergies to anything normal a baby could ingest. So, to Children's we went. A lot. For 12 months. But with their help and care, she grew (slowly) and eventually grew out of her allergy too!
My story is not of fear, or sadness, or even REMOTELY close to what some families go thru. But Children's helped us. I'd like to help them back.
Please consider donating to the cause! I can't wait to compete this year but help me help THEM! 5 bucks? GREAT! $25? GREAT! $100? YES!!!! Whatever you can is appreciated. Starbs can wait another day. Use a K-Cup and do some good today!
Thanks for reading and tossing a few bucks in the bucket. XO -Cole