One of the biggest annual events for the GBMC HealthCare system is coming up. On Sunday, June 21st, we’re holding the 27th Annual GBMC Father’s Day 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk at the GBMC campus to benefit the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
In honor of our 50th anniversary celebration, this year’s race fundraising goal is $200,000 to mark the 200,000 babies born at GBMC since 1965, the year it was founded. Since 1965, approximately 20,000 babies have slept in its incubators, used its Human Milk Bank, warmed in its Giraffe beds and snuggled under its blankets. Our NICU, under the direction of Howard Birenbaum MD, and Eva Stone, RN, provide outstanding care to premature and sick newborns. Not only is the event a great fundraiser but it is also a wonderful opportunity to see so many thriving children and adults who are NICU graduates.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration with the community, this year's GBMC Father's Day 5K race will feature a Wellness Fair, open to not only race participants, but the entire community! The Wellness Fair will be open from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the South Chapman parking lot featuring health-related vendors, as well as a "Baby Doll/Stuffed Animal Hospital" for injured dolls and bears to receive loving care treatment and repairs as needed. Additionally, MIX 106.5 Radio will be on-site with its Friends and Neighbors van playing music and sharing prizes.
I encourage you to sign up today and visit http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1127786. I’ll be out there running, come join me! Your support will touch more than 500 critically ill and premature babies cared for every year in GBMC’s NICU and help us during our 50th anniversary year, in celebrating the healthcare system GBMC has become!
…also, Happy Father’s Day to all of the Fathers in our GBMC Family!