April Buchheit
April Buchheit campaign leader

UCSF Preemies Cause Update

April Buchheit just posted a video to your cause, Help a UCSF Preemie Reach their 5th Birthday! (http://apps.facebook.com/causes/413087?m=cab7c5f5):

Dear members;
We have now surpassed the $10,000 mark and we are on our way towards our goal of $55,555. I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to those who have donated. We wouldn't have made the progress that we've made without your support.

For members who have not yet contributed, you have a few options in addition to donating through Causes.com:

1) You can donate directly to UCSF, through the following link: http://bit.ly/beToVU, which will take you to the 'Make a Gift' page of UCSF's website.

2) You can also make a contribution offline by sending a check. Make your payment out to 'UCSF Foundation,' indicate on the memo line 'UCSF Preemies,' and mail to:

P.O. Box 45339
San Francisco, CA 94145-0339

3) For those of you who are contributing through your Donor Advised Fund, please reference the foundation's EIN/tax ID#: 94-2829914

Unfortunately, the contributions you make through UCSF's 'Make a Gift' page and offline will not be reflected on the fundraising thermometer featured on the Causes page. Nevertheless, these are good options if you would like to donate anonymously.

I have mentioned what your donations can do for UCSF Children's Hospital as an institution, but I never really mentioned why I've started this cause and why UCSF and its Intensive Care Nursery holds such a special place in my heart. It was within the Children's Hospital walls where I experienced the most challenging part of my life, but it's through that experience that made me witness the greatest miracle which was not only bringing a child into this world, but seeing her overcome so much pain and suffering against all odds.

Whenever I look back on my time in the ICN, despite all of the hardships and anguish we experienced, I think about the time we've spent with the nurses and staff. They were like rays of sunshine piercing through the dreariness of the circumstances. They truly were our islands of sanity. Our primary nurses countered worst case scenarios with actual success stories they have observed and experienced for themselves. They balanced out the cold, sterile environment with their warm smiles and embraces. They were reliable. They were trustworthy. I found myself confiding in my primary nurses. We were in the ICN day in and day out, some days spending entire shifts with the nurses in our bay. So bonding was unavoidable. But it was that bond that saw us through.

We were reassured that Camilla was in good hands. The nurses went above and beyond just doing their job and ensured the well-being of my family as a whole. They were indeed our keepers. What they've done for us and the compassion and the humanity they bring forth lives on in the very fact that Camilla is thriving.

I was fortunate enough to stumble upon some books written by a UCSF luminary, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, and I found so much wisdom in her words. Chancing upon these books couldn't have been more perfect timing. I thought it was very serendipitous. Reading her books opened my eyes to so many, wonderful things and it only helped me become more steadfast in my belief in Camilla's will to live. Most importantly, it quieted my cynicism and it made me open to witness miracles, great and small. The words I clung to the most during my time as an ICN parent are actually a Sabbatical prayer I encountered while reading Kitchen Table Wisdom. These words are as follow:

"Days pass and the years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles. Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing; let there be moments when your presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk. Help us to see, wherever we gaze, that the bush burns unconsumed. And we, clay touched by God, will reach out for holiness, and...

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