Walk-a-thon to Benefit The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
at Saint Barnabas Medical Center planned for Saturday, September 28, 2013
Livingston, NJ – At only 18 weeks into their pregnancy, Christopher and Mary Zamfotis, were beyond devastated to lose one of their twins, Lazarus. Doctors prepared them for what they assumed would be an equally inevitable fate for their daughter.
But, days turned to weeks and Zoe arrived on May 21, 2012, at 24 weeks and 5 days, weighing only 1 pound, 6 ounces. “Over the next 109 days, we watched our miracle baby grow in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Barnabas Medical Center,” explains Mrs. Zamfotis. “Each moment was special for us – the first time we dressed her to watching every ounce she gained and each strand of hair that grew on her head. We celebrated every moment,” she adds.
“The NICU is a special place where miracles like our Zoe are given a chance they otherwise wouldn’t have,” explains Mr. Zamfotis. He and his wife credit the NICU’s equipment, facilities and staff as the reason for Zoe’s presence in their lives. “Not only did the doctors and nurses care for our baby, but they comforted and consoled us when we needed it most,” Mrs. Zamfotis adds.
Join the Zamfotis Family and hundreds of other parents and former NICU patients for the 13th Annual Miracle Walk on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 9:00 am, in Verona Park, Verona, New Jersey. The walk will celebrate life and raise money for the 56-bed Saint Barnabas Medical Center NICU.
Since its inception, more than $4 million has been raised to support this highly specialized unit which provides the most advanced care for premature and ill newborns. Funds raised by the annual event are used to acquire the most technologically advanced items and equipment available – ensuring NICU babies at Saint Barnabas receive outstanding care and experience as little discomfort as possible.
As a Level III Regional Perinatal Center, the highest designation attainable, the Saint Barnabas NICU treats approximately 1,200 infants annually for prematurity, low birth weight, acute illness, and congenital disorders. For the past 10 years, the NICU has had one of the lowest rates of chronic lung disease and severe eye disease associated with extreme prematurity among over 850 NICUs worldwide. Premature babies, including the most fragile, low birth weight infants, cared for at the Saint Barnabas NICU have a very high survival rate and a very low disability rate compared to national averages.
For more information about Miracle Walk, visit www.miraclewalk.com or call 973-322-4259.
Date: August 29, 2013
Contact: Samantha Anton,
Assistant Director Marketing/Public Relations