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CHILDREN'S HEMIPLEGIA AND STROKE ASSOCIATION

Streak for Pediatric Stroke

Donations as of April 19, 2014:

$0.00 Raised Offline
$1,650.00 Raised Online
$1,650.00 Total Raised

Abbie Gruscavage's Page

As many of you know, our daughter Clara was born on July 28, 2011.  She was perfect, scoring an 8 and a 9 on her apgars, and showing off her very loud set of lungs :) About four hours after she was born, she was taken to the nursery for her first bath and an extremely observant nurse noticed that she was having very subtle seizures on her left side.  She was brought into my hospital room and I was able to hold her just long enough to give her a kiss before she was quickly whisked away to the NICU.

After numerous tests including a CT scan, MRI, and spinal tap it was determined that she had suffered a stroke while she was still in utero. The Neurologist was even able to narrow the timeframe down to the week before she was born.  I was blindsided! I had no idea that children and babies, even the unborn, could have strokes.  Although the staff in the NICU at St. Joseph Medical Center was absolutely amazing during Clara's week long stay, we were left with many unanswered questions.  Mainly because the cause of in utero stroke is often unknown.  We left the hospital a week later feeling very fortunate that our daughter was a survivor; but very, very scared of what the future could bring.  Children who have strokes often have emotional, developmental, and/or cognitive delays.

Although we still do not know what caused Clara's stroke, we are grateful for the amazing nurses and doctors who took care of her in her first hours and days.  She is now being followed by the unbelievable Neurologists at the Stoke Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  She also receives OT and PT weekly.  She is one of the lucky ones and has been reaching her milestones on time and is a happy, social, vocal little girl.  Her doctors, therapists, as well as us, are very optimistic about her future.

In honor of our amazing little Clara, please support CHASA in their effort to raise awareness about Pediatic Stroke.

Thank You ,

Abbie, Dan, Charlie, and CLARA <3

 

Supporters

Comment Donation
Frank and Pat Gruscavage Clara, we love you. Dan/Abbie, wonderful family
$100.00
Ed & Beverly Thompson
$25.00
Lauren Mavroulis
$20.00
Ron, Diane and Brayden Collins
$25.00
Dona Nash Love you all!!
$25.00
Nate and Barbara Wurst God bless your family
$25.00
Amy Holvey
$20.00
Avery & Noah Martin We love cousin Clara!
$50.00
Carrie Hamilton
$30.00
Dennis, Helene, Emma, Stella, & Samuel Janosczyk Your kids are beautiful
$50.00
Mary Ellen Ward
$50.00
Dorothy and Jack Tasker God Bless your beautiful family!!!!!!!
$25.00
Jill, Dave and Nate Verdi Love you Clara!
$20.00
Jami Palmerino So happy Clara is doing so well!
$25.00
Miranda Thompson
$25.00
Emily Compton Emily Compton
$30.00
Stephanie Light and Jason Kuhnel What a beautiful little girl!
$50.00
Jason, Courtney, Caroline & Luciana Anton
$20.00
Michelle, Ryan and McKinley Bloxham
$50.00
Sherry Weber & Family
$50.00
The Barkers Love ya!
$25.00
Quinn, Rob, Ian and Eyla
$25.00
Jen, Jason, Jake & baby B
$25.00
Sheila and John She's beautiful!!!! Love you guys
$50.00
April, Geno, Tyler and Zander I love you all <3
$25.00
Friend of Dan & Abbie Beautiful little girl & a beautiful family.
$250.00
Susan & Nick Artemik Love You!!
$50.00
Laura and Scott Conrad She is such a cutie...best wishes to all of you!
$100.00
Greg, Beth, Elise and Jaren O
$50.00
Nicole and Chuck Clara is so beautiful, love that smile!
$50.00
Erin & Mike Drummond Love you all very much!
$25.00
Kathy and Al Gabriel
$50.00
Jena,Ray,Makenzie and Austin Pachick We love you Clara. You are so beautiful!
$50.00
Maggie & Zach Wonsiewicz We love you Clara
$100.00
Sam H
$20.00
Shannon Hickman We Love Clara!!!
$20.00
Ronda Janiski
$20.00

Donation Summary

Raised Offline
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Raised Online
$1,650
Total Raised
$1,650
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