As mothers, Jill Diamond, and her sister, Lauri Glotman, know how fortunate they were to hold their babies close after birth. But, not all parents get that chance. Some babies come into the world fighting for their lives. They need the immediate, life-saving care provided at BC Women’s Newborn ICU.
At any given time, there are as many as 60 babies in the NICU. Knowing the plight of those tiny patients and their families is what inspired the Diamond Family to donate at the leadership level to the Newborn ICU Campaign.
“Many babies are born with serious, life-threatening complications,” says Jill. “I want these babies to have the best chances for survival. What could be more important than saving the life of a child?
Jill has become personally involved in fundraising for the Newborn ICU Campaign as a member of the Campaign Cabinet. She was inspired to take a hands-on role after seeing the extraordinary struggles of the NICU’s patients and the exceptional care they receive.
“You can’t come away from the Newborn ICU without being moved,” says Jill. “It’s emotionally draining to see these tiny babies fighting for their lives and witness their parents’ pain and worry. Yet at the same time you feel their hope.
“We’re envisioning the future with BC Women’s as a world leader in caring for vulnerable babies and their families.”
The Diamond family has long been renowned for its generosity and commitment to supporting BC Women’s and other projects that contribute to the greater good of our community. It’s a tradition that has been passed on from generation to generation.
“Giving back is a core value of our family,” says Leslie Diamond, Jill’s mother. “It is important in our Jewish faith to give back and help others.
“We’re a family of strong women,” she adds. “Supporting an organization that supports the health needs of women from maternity onward is a way of honouring this legacy.”
Pictured: Leslie Diamond (front right), with her daughters Jill (right) and Lauri (left), and granddaughter Sadye (far left).
Article by Gail Johnson
Photography by Brian Howell