Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues,
On April 20th, 2015, My wife and I will be participating in the Boston Marathon. It will be my 18th consecutive Boston Marathon and my wife’s 5th Boston Marathon. This year we have decided to run for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Newborn Services Fund in Boston, MA. in honor of our Amazing Grace.
On August 31st, 2013, my wife Rebecca and I were blessed to have our third Daughter; Grace Antonia Caruso (pictured left), enter our lives. Shortly after birth, our lives were turned upside down as my wife and I learned that Grace had experienced a hypoxic ischemic brain injury at some time during the pregnancy and for a short time had a depletion of oxygen to her brain. This resulted in Grace having significant brain damage to the left cortex of her brain. While the road is unclear for now for our Grace, as we won’t know the extent of the brain injury until she is about 3-4 years old, Rebecca and I can tell you that Grace is doing really well and is leaving some of her doctors scratching their heads with some of the movements and activity that she is doing including hearing, hence the reason why we now call her “Amazing Grace”. The reason why we have decided to run for the BIDMC team this year is because my wife, Rebecca and I feel that if it weren’t for the advanced protocols implemented on our Grace early on after birth, such as hypothermic treatment from the BIDMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit working closely with the Neurology Team at Children’s Hospital, that Grace would be worse off.
All funds raised will help the BIDMC NICU be able to take care of other families and babies in need at their most precious and critical times. The department of neonatology provides medical oversight for all infants born at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The department also provides and coordinates medical care including high frequency ventilation and a full range of pediatric subspecialty services for high-risk newborns in the neonatal intensive and intermediate care units.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity. We can’t begin to tell you how much it means to us or our family.
If you would like to follow up with Grace's story/progress my wife, Rebecca and I created a Carepages website for her. Follow the link and you might have to register with your own email to view it.
John and Rebecca Caruso