Avery was born on January 18th, 2013 at 28 weeks and 2 days premature. When Avery was born she weighed 2 pounds 12oz. She was immediately transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. There at Sunnybrook she was cared for by the best doctors and nurses in Canada. Her parents soon learned that Avery had a lung disease. She was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Disease. Over the next few days she was given the absolute best care by some of the most compassionate health care professionals at Sunnybrook. Sadly after a long fight Avery passed away on January 28. With the NICU`s advanced technology and kind hearted staff her parents were able to spend 11 unforgettable days with Avery.
I was very lucky with my two pregnancies, everything went pretty smoothly. But to this day I still have nightmares about how quickly something could have happened, especially with my twins. My carrying twins to 37 weeks was fantastic, but they could have so easily been born very early, too early, like little Avery was. We must support NICU's so they can support our babies, because you never know when that situation could happen in your family.
Avery's family is holding their first fundraiser event to raise funds for the Women & Babies Program at Sunnybrook. Their goal is to raise $10,000 towards an incubator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This is a self contained unit that provides controlled heat, humidity and oxygen microenvironment for the baby. This device will help many more babies like Avery in the future.
Starting at 11 am this is a family oriented event with BBQ, music, games for kids, wagon rides, silent auction items and fire truck tour - everyone is welcome.
Family Farm (Stan Coe)
478449 3rd Line, Melancthon
Cost $10 Adult, $5 Children and under 5 free!
Ticket includes 1 hamburger or hotdog with a baked potato
At 2:00 there will be a butterfly and balloon release in memory of Avery.
They appreciate any and all support to keep Avery’s memory alive and support the Sunnybrook NICU. Click this button to donate today.