When I first saw my baby nephew Adrien, he was so tiny. I felt overjoyed, but also very afraid. I knew his early arrival meant he was fighting for his life. That’s when I decided to do something.
I wanted to honour the amazing care Adrien received in BC Women’s Newborn ICU. To raise money I held a silent auction at a friends gallery. I contacted family, friends – everyone I could think of, and they donated wonderful items and packages. I even set up an online donation page so people could donate directly. Together, we raised $5,500 for the NICU. That night I also vowed to raise money with a fundraising trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. Through my journey I conquered a mountain, not only for myself, but also for the families yet to come through the doors of the NICU. Just like Adrien conquered his.
Businesswoman • Loving Aunt • NICU Donor
This story was originally published in Women's Magazine.
Written by: Ann Collette
Photo by: Brian Howell
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