Lucas Dennis Buckley

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Pershing BNY Mellon
Personal Progress:
Goal:
$500.00
Achieved:
$725.00
145 percent of goal achieved.
Fundraising Honor Roll

When my husband and I walked out of Winnie Palmer after our son Lucas was born, we didn't look like most of the new parents we came across. While other couples carried their babies to their cars, we held only our overnight bags, a breast pump and a lot of nerves and uncertainty. My perfect pregnancy had ended 10 weeks early with an emergency C-section, and our son was in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU). It would be six weeks from the day he was born until we would be able to bring Lucas home from the hospital like the other parents in the hospital. (Looking back now, six weeks compared to many other families in what we came to know as our NICU family is a blip on the radar and we realize how lucky we truly are.)

We were completely unprepared for the weeks that followed his birth: CPAP, feeding tubes, watching nurses weigh each soiled diaper, Brady episodes (where Lucas like many preemies forget to breathe), scrubbing our hands and forearms for a full three minutes, five or so times a day, before being allowed to touch our baby. With the help of the staff of Winnie Palmer these tasks although daunting at the outset became routine and just a way of life to ensure that Lucas progressed and passed all his tests on the “progress train”.

Being a NICU parent was not easy, you have your highs and your lows and it definitely is not something anyone can be emotionally prepared for. We are forever grateful for the administrative staff, nurses and doctor’s that tended to Lucas while he was in the NICU. The nurses of the NICU are truly angels on earth, it is a calling that these special folks have answered. If it is any comfort to future NICU parents, just know that your child will be handled with the greatest of care by this special group who will become part of your extended family for the rest of your life as they have with ours!!

Through Walk For Winnie, we will be able to provide funding for the care and treatment of the sickest of babies. Every day, skilled physicians and nurses at the Alexander Center for Neonatology provide the highest level of life-saving care for critically ill newborns, with one ultimate goal in mind: to help these babies thrive, to help them beat the odds. Please join us in raising funds to support the tiny miracles born in the NICU every single day!  

 


 


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