Jackson Chance Foundation’s (JCF) mission is to enrich the lives of families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by allowing them to spend more time with their baby. JCF created the NICU Transportation Program to partner with hospitals and alleviate the transportation expenses of all families while their child is in the NICU by providing parking and CTA/Metra vouchers. The programs are fully funded by JCF. Currently, the foundation’s program benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
The average length of stay for a baby in the NICU is 28 days, with the majority staying months at a time. With the hospital located in one of the city’s most expensive neighborhoods, validated parking for one car up to seven hours costs $11; up to 24 hours costs $15. Visiting one’s child every day can range from $330/month to upwards of $1,100/month, not including the added expenses of an additional car or having to go in and out of the lot. (If a parent has to leave the lot for a work commitment or to pick up another child, for example, they will have to pay again to re-enter.)