Miracle Walk 2017

Team Gonzigone

Help us support Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by donating today!

Miracles happen every day. Miracle Walk is a wonderful family fun-filled day, which raises funds in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Our miracles were born on December 17, 2015. Izzy was diagnosed in-utero with a Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect - a large hole in center of her heart where all four chambers would normally be divided. We knew this would mean going straight to the NICU when she was born and after a few months going for open-heart surgery. What we did not expect was for her "big" brother to join her! Soon after they were born, they were each rolled out of the operating room to their planned location - Wolf to the well-baby nursery, Izzy to the NICU. Wolf soon received the "OK" to join mom but decided that was not who he wanted to see. In a last ditch effort, he decided to hold his breath until he turned blue just as dad was wheeling him out of the nursery. And, just like that, he joined his sister. Weighing in at 7lbs 7oz, Wolf was, by far, the biggest baby in the NICU. But, with every chance he had to leave, he had a sudden apnea episode. Eventually, after 7 days in the NICU, he decided to cooperate and come home. Izzy, on the other hand, needed more time. She stayed at the SBMC NICU for 45 days, before being transferred to CHONY. She was in the hospital for a total of 61 days. We now have two happy and healthy almost-two year olds. Without the nurses and doctors at SBMC, who took care of both us and the babies, we would not have survived those first months. We are eternally grateful.

As a level III Regional Perinatal Center, the NICU offers the latest treatments and modalities in the field to provide the most advanced care for more than 1,100 premature and ill newborns each year. Our NICU has one of the best infant survival rates among neonatal intensive care units in the nation.

On behalf of the entire NICU family and the 1,100 babies cared for annually, we hope you can support us for this year's walk. Your commitment and generosity help to guarantee a strong future for the NICU and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

You can walk with us or donate to our team. Your support will matter to so many people. Please join us today!

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Questions, please call Elizabeth Bennett at 973-322-4305 or email elizabeth.bennett@rwjbh.org.  To make a donation offline please mail checks to Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Development Department; 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange, NJ 07052 or call 973-322-4330 to make a donation over the phone.  Thank you. 

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