Have you ever wondered if a past event could have turned out differently if you had additional knowledge, experience or tools? This is what Phil Martie, founder of Nicolette, contemplated after parenting premature twins requiring neonatal care. Phil’s newborn son and daughter, Bexley and Nicolette, were immediately admitted into a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After 27 days in the NICU at a local community hospital, Phil and his wife decided to transfer their infants to CHOC. Unfortunately, Nicolette passed away on the day of her transfer, however, Bexley made it through a total of 110 days in a NICU and has grown into a healthy six-year-old.
Every year, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals identify a “champion” in their local community to serve as the face for children treated at their local children’s hospital. These ambassadors spend their year advocating for the charitable need of children’s hospitals across the U.S. This year, CHOC is honored to recognize April Arellano as this year’s local CMN Champion.
Rose & Jeff Kunze and Kendra & David Rosales have been long-time friends. They have seen each other through thick and thin, but never imagined having to support one another through the loss of a child.
Given Katrina’s diagnosis with Type I Diabetes, and her family’s philanthropic spirit, raising funds to find a cure was a natural way for the family to give back to CHOC.
Ellie is one of the reasons we fight. We filmed her story last year prior to the pandemic, but she still inspires us with her optimism. Watch her story below.