Signature Chefs Auction is a food sampling extravaganza that pays tribute to the culinary excellence of local chefs, restaurants and bakeries while raising money for the March of Dimes. In addition to the display of food from the culinary talents of the finest local establishments, tens of thousands of dollars in live auction packages will be presented and a great cause will be celebrated which allows for an opportunity to entertain clients or socialize with friends. We also promise an evening full of fun, entertainment and surprises. Join us to help give every baby a fighting chance to survive.
FOR MORE ABOUT THE EVENT OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT: www.signaturechefs.org/cincinnati
Would you like to sponsor this special event which includes a table for ten? Call Carey Rennekamp at 513.370.5004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: Dr. Kevin Joseph, Senior Vice President, Inpatient Services, UC Health
Community Honoree: Ruby Crawford-Hemphill, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Patient Care Services, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, UC Health
Signature Chefs Ambassadors: The Woodward Family
Ambassador Family Story:
My husband Jeff and I were so excited to learn we were going to have triplets, but we had no idea of the risks involved. After a number of ultrasounds, we learned that Baby A was low on amniotic fluid. As a result, I was put on home bed rest at fifteen weeks. Already having three children, bed rest proved to be challenging.
In early April I woke up and knew something was desperately wrong. I was bleeding and taken straight to Good Samaritan Hospital. We learned that Baby A’s placenta erupted and I would not be going home. All I could think was “it’s too early!” There I received my first round of steroid injections to help with the babies’ lung development. I was given magnesium to hold off labor so I could receive the second round of steroid injections. Every day I was in the hospital & didn’t deliver, I was saving my babies 3 days in the NICU.
One night, Baby A was suffering and it was determined I needed to deliver. My babies were born by emergency C-section at 27 weeks, 1 day. Karoline (Baby A) was born first weighing 1 lb. 15oz; Elise (Baby B) followed weighing 2 lbs. 1oz.; and Gabriel (Baby C) was born weighing 2 lbs.
My babies were immediately taken to the NICU - our home for the next 11 weeks. It’s a world that most people thankfully never have to see. My babies were fighting just to stay alive. Karoline was administered surfactant and caffeine therapy. Her skin was so thin you could almost see right through it. Once Karoline’s skin improved, Physical Therapy had to stretch and massage her tissue. Elise and Gabriel were on the CPAP to pump a steady flow of air through the nose with a special mask. They also were administered surfactant.
Today Karoline, Elise and Gabriel are happy, healthy and active 3 1/2 year olds. Without the steroid shots and surfactant therapy developed by the March of Dimes, the outcome would have been far different. We are thankful for their support and the research that helped us to have a positive outcome and are proud to share out story hoping that other families won’t have to experience prematurity and the complications it can cause.