Jeannie and John Greskoff and baby Johnny.
The dust has hardly settled on the 2nd Annual Johnny’s Night which raised more than $20,000 for The Birthplace and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riddle Hospital, yet the family has begun planning for next year’s fundraiser, set for February 25, 2012 at Penn Oaks Golf Club.
The story began on January 7, 2009 when Jeannie and John Greskoff delivered a baby boy, arriving 10 weeks early, tiny - only 1 pound, 7oz - and measuring just 12 inches long. Johnny stayed in Riddle’s NICU for three months before going home. During those long days and weeks, the family was impressed by the kindness and dedication of the nurses, doctors and nursery staff. Like many grateful parents, they wanted to thank them in some way. With creative juices flowing, Johnny’s Night was born, the idea of Jeannie’s sister, Colleen Sinkinson. Fast approaching $50,000 of donations, the funds raised will benefit other preemies and their families as they endure a difficult and often unexpected challenge.
The 138 guests who attended the event at Penn Oaks Golf Club enjoyed an evening of music, great food, music and dancing, gift basket drawings and a live auction. Besides family and friends of the Greskoff’s, Neonatologists, Obstetricians, Pediatricians, NICU Nurses and Birthplace staff showed up to support the cause, along with hospital administration. “This family has done so much to show their appreciation for us, and truly, we were doing for them what we do for every single family and infant in our care,” stated Barbara Kurtz, Manager of Women’s Health at The Birthplace.
The Riddle HealthCare Foundation manages the fund that designates gifts to the Birthplace and NICU “to help make the next preemie and their family’s stay…..a little easier, by providing new equipment, special training of staff and other comforts for these tiny newborns.” Little Johnny is thriving now as a 2 year old, walking and talking, and continuing to be seen by his original pediatrician, Russel Applegate, MD, who has been on Riddle’s staff for 30 years. Stating clearly what the event means to her, Stacy Sinkinson, Johnny’s aunt said, “It's a night to celebrate not only the birth of Johnny, but all of the other children that are considered "Tiny Miracles" and whose families love them more than life itself. It's a night to love, laugh, and share those emotions with other people who feel exactly the same way.”
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