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NICU Heroes Award Recognizes Greatness

Our NICU Journey Was Paved With Heroes
Dr. Breed with the KelleysI 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 the 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

NICU Heroes Award

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.

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 Hero 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.

With Appreciation,

Kelli Kelley Signature 
Kelli D. Kelley
Founder and Executive Director

*some limitations apply

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Peer Support Was My Lifeline

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Not Delayed Enough: Navigating School for the First Time

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Resources for Healthcare Professionals

MilesHand to Hold offers two resources exclusively for NICU health professionals. Hand to Hold's NICU Resource Library, a collection of meticulously-sourced, health literacy compliant, articles are available for immediate download in English and Spanish. Designed to grow, this subscription-based service complements hospital-based Family-Centered Care practices. We also offer brochures, posters, newsletters and fliers to help you connect families to the free support Hand to Hold offers. 

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June 5  - Join us for a Facebook Chat on Hand to Hold's FB Wall on June 5th at 11:30 CT with Lisa C. Greene of Parenting Children with Health Issues, a mother of two children with cystic fibrosis and a parenting educator who will answer questions and share parenting tips to help your child cope with challenges, medical requirements and live a hope-filled life.

See more upcoming events and where we've been making connections.

Volunteer Opportunities

Helping Hand Peer Mentor - Volunteer to support a fellow NICU family no matter where you live. Receive your training online.

Thank You, Kendra Scott!

Thank you, Kendra Scott, for choosing Hand to Hold as the beneficiary for Kendra Gives Back Event during Hand to Hold's For the Love of Babies Campaign! 

Kendra Scott Gives Back

ATX Man Golf Classic

We are grateful to Austin Man Magazine and Mazda for naming Hand to Hold as one of the beneficiaries for their Annual charity golf classic held April 26, 2013 at Riverplace Country Club in Austin, Texas. 

ATX Man Golf Classic 2013

Survivor Caramoan Watch Party & Benefit

We send out hearty thanks to Liv by Design, Reynold Toepfer and his teammates Malcolm Freberg & Eddie Fox who greeted guests at a special Survivor Viewing Party which benefitted Hand to Hold. The happy hour was held April 17, 2013 at Blackfinn Ameripub in Austin, Texas. This event was sponsored by Liv by Design, Black Finn Ameripub, Mazda, Austin Women Magazine & Austin Man Magazine.


Thanks to Our Superior Strength Preemie Power Sponsors!


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Preemie Power Super Heroes

twintastic wonders, amelia, jackson, preemie powerMeet the Twintastic Wonders, Amelia and Jackson who were born at 27 weeks and spent 54 days in the NICU. Now toddlers, their mom shares: "They seem to find the good and funny things in every situation, even if it's a funny noise their oxygen machine makes or the little baby blinking on the thermometer." Be inspired by more Preemie Power Super Heroes.

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   About Hand to Hold
Hand to Hold logoHand to Hold is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing comprehensive navigation resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs and those who have experienced a loss due to these or other complications. 

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