Hinsdale – In appreciation for the care their
premature twins received at Adventist
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a local family organized a fundraiser to benefit
the unit. Josh and Bridget Barron, residents of Chicago’s
neighborhood, rounded up 200 community members to participate in the Walk for
Preemies. The event raised $7,300, of which $5,000 will benefit the Hinsdale
“We are making this donation in appreciation of the
care our family received from Adventist
staff of devoted and highly specialized doctors and nurses,” Josh Barron said. “Thanks to them, our twins
survived these first few critical months of their lives. We pray that Luke and
Lauren will remain healthy and thrive in the coming years.”
Twins Luke and Lauren weighed just 2 pounds 2
ounces when they were born Jan. 22 at 27 weeks gestation at Adventist Hinsdale
Hospital. The little ones
spent three months in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, growing
stronger every day with the help of a team of physicians, nurses and other
caregivers that included neonatologists Dr. Anthony Bell, Dr. Evangelia Zikos,
Dr. Milen Peev, and Dr. Vibhaben Thaker.
Luke has since grown to 14 pounds and Lauren 12
pounds. The family also includes big sister Ellie, age 2. They hope to make the
walk – which took place June 21 in Beverly
– an annual event. Teachers and staff from Consolidated High School District
230, where Josh Barron is associate principal of Stagg
High School in Palos Hills, participated in the walk to show
their support. Bridget is a stay-at-home mom.
“We are so grateful to the Barron family for this
gift, which will help other families dealing with the emotional and financial
difficulties of caring for premature babies,” said Susan King, executive
director of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation.
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Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist
Hospital and Adventist La Grange
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