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NICU Heroes Award Recognizes Greatness

Our NICU Journey Was Paved with Heroes

Dr. Breed with Lauren and Jackson

My children’s neonatologist Dr. Breed

I met many heroes during my son’s NICU stay. From our fearless neonatologist who never gave up on my micro-preemie despite significant challenges, to respiratory therapists who helped my baby defy the odds. There were lactation consultants with unending patience, and social workers who moved mountains. Our NICU nurses were each heroes in their own right – from helping me learn to change the diaper of my one pound miracle to reminding my husband to focus on our baby rather than the monitors.

These tireless neonatal professionals are dedicated to ensuring best outcomes for all the babies and families in their care and nothing brings them more joy than to see one of their NICU graduates taking their first steps, enjoying an ice cream cone or graduating from kindergarten!

Honor Your NICU Healthcare Hero

Despite their desire to stay out of the lime light, Hand to Hold and Mead Johnson Nutrition are proud to announce the first annual NICU Heroes Award. We invite NICU parents from across the country to nominate the neonatal professionals who touched their lives through simple acts of kindness, compassion and amazing medical care.

NICU Heroes Award

These NICU heroes understand that in order for NICU babies to thrive, they must have smart, informed parents capable of meeting their child’s needs after discharge. They reach beyond their job description to provide comfort, understanding, words of encouragement and hugs just when we need them the most.

Nominate Today

Nominate your NICU Heroes today. Visit www.handtohold.org/hero for more details. Nominations are due by May 27, 2013 and the winner will be announced on July 22, 2013. The NICU Heroes Award winner will receive a trophy, special recognition ceremony, $2,500 donation made in their name to the pediatric healthcare charity of their choice, and a one-year subscription to Hand to Hold’s NICU Resource Library for their hospital. All contestants will receive a certificate of recognition.

There is no way to truly thank these amazing individuals for the difference they have made in the lives of countless children who have passed through their NICUs, but we hope the NICU Heroes Award will serve as a small token of appreciation to those that give all they have to ensure happy endings for the families in their care.

Kelli Kelley About Kelli Kelley

Founder, Hand to Hold - Kelli D. Kelley (TX) is the mother of two preemies – Jackson born at 24 weeks in 2000 and Lauren born at 34 weeks in 2003. She is the founder of Hand to Hold, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated providing support and navigation resources to families who had a preemie, who had a child in the NICU or with a special healthcare need, or who experienced loss. She has experienced the emotional fallout and isolation that having preemies often causes. As a direct result, Kelli has dedicated her life to offering hope and sanctuary to all parents who have had similar journeys. Contact her via email.

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