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The Micah and Zachary Giving Library

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We provide books to children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. We were founded in January 2013 in honor of Zachary Canvasser and in memory of his twin brother Micah Canvasser. Micah died in December 2012. He was just short of his 1st birthday. Micah died due to renal disease resulting from being born 3 months early

Micah and his twin brother, Zachary, lived in incubators for the first three months of their lives at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Separated from his parents Noah and Jennifer Canvasser of Ann Arbor by a thick plastic pane, Micah grew.
He gained weight -- not as much as his brother Zachary, but it seemed he would be able to go home soon. Unexpectedly, Micah's kidneys failed him.
Micah underwent surgery in April 2012 to remove part of his bowels, which doctors discovered were knotted up inside him.

When Zachary went home from the hospital at the age of 3 months, Micah had to stay behind. Noah, Jennifer and Zachary spent all their time in Micah’s hospital room -- reading books.

"We read to them every single day," Jennifer said. "We tried to make it an uplifting place despite all the chaos."

Though he didn’t understand or comprehend the tubes running through his body or the medical procedures, Micah smiled. "(Micah) was very cognitively intact despite all he went through," Jennifer said. "He always smiled, even though he was sick."

Now, in the spirit of Micah, we want to help other critically ill children smile. Please help us help them.



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