After just a few months of actively distributing NICU support care packages, yesterday we
celebrated the 2nd annual Parents of Preemies Day by hosting an event in conjunction with Graham's Foundation at one of our Chicagoland hospitals. Over one hundred attendees, volunteers, and exhibitors came out to enjoy the activities at Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) in Arlington Heights, IL. Parents had the opportunity to mingle with each other over snacks, and gain encouragement by sharing their stories. Over a dozen exhibitors were there to share information and show preemie parents how they can give back. Meanwhile, the children were entertained by local sports mascots, face painting, coloring, and crafts. We were also joined by Jake and Nasha, two canines from NCH’s dog therapy program –they were a big hit!
Our hope for this day is that preemie parents went away encouraged and inspired. The morning was concluded with a call to action that I submit to you as well – what will you do with the experience you’ve been given? Life marches on after the NICU, regardless of how we feel. So let’s take our victories, and our failures, and use them to help other preemie parents along the way.
Northwest Community Hospital
And we appreciate the participation of the following exhibitors:
Northwest Community Hospital resources
Little Giraffe Foundation
Papas of Preemies
Life After NICU
Illinois Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc.
Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
Mended Little Hearts
I Am Who I Am