Thank you for visiting the Healing Hearts For Benjamin fundraising page!
Healing Hearts For Benjamin (HHFB) was established in 2012 after we experienced the roller coaster ride of the Neonatal/Pediatric Intensive Care Units and cardiac surgery/care with our precious son Benjamin.
Benjamin, our handsome little 3.5 lb bundle of joy was born six weeks early, on May 17, 2011. We soon found Benjamin was born with an extremely rare combination of difficulties, and from the very beginning his survival was an absolute miracle. Benjamin was born with the combination of a hypo-plastic right heart and DS. Statistics show children with his condition typically are never born, as they do not survive the first or second trimester of pregnancy. However, Benjamin was a fighter, a champion, and a hero. He had an unyielding will to survive, and without a spoken word, touched many lives and hearts as he defeated countless odds with victories over dangerous infections and successful recoveries from multiple medical procedures. Benjamin continued to fight with passion, vigor, and tenacity, spending 7 1/2 months in intensive care. The doctors and nurses at CHKD did an amazing job, leaving no stone unturned in their attempts to rescue our beautiful little boy. On February 2nd, 2012, Benjamin victoriously passed on to eternity. He was 8 1/2 months old.
During his stay our family became very familiar with the struggles and challenges endured while having a child in the hospital, as well as the devastating impact of loss.
In honor of Benjamin, HHFB has been set up to raise funds specifically for cardiac surgery programs at CHKD, with special consideration to patients and their families. We are very passionate about the need for a family centered support service with a parent perspective, and desire to serve those with children requiring cardiac and ICU care. We are currently facilitating a monthly family support group within the hospital for PICU and cardiac surgery families, and our vision is for HHFB to be a catalyst in providing a means for CHKD to establish a designated Cardiac Care Unit to best support their patients. We recognize the need and are confident our son would have benefited from a care unit directed at cardiac recovery. Our hope and desire is to raise the funds making it possible to provide practical support to families and children finding themselves in the same difficult position we did with our dear son Benjamin!
Please join us as we embark upon this journey and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these children and their families!
Donating through this site is available until September 16, 2012. It's the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts, and is simple, fast, and completely secure!
As mentioned above, we are currently raising funds in an effort to support cardiac surgery programs and family support services at CHKD with the desire to help establish a designated Cardiac Care Unit for heart patients.
All contributions raised through this First-Giving page will be funneled to CHKD's cardiac surgery program via the Healing Hearts for Benjamin endowment.
We sincerely thank you for your support...and please feel free to forward this link to anyone you believe may want to participate in this cause.
Daniel, Stephanie, Samuel, Abigail, and of course, Benjamin
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