#GivingTuesday: Donate to Support Kids Like Jase

Jase in his stroller at Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital Stanford

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back to the causes you believe in. Did you know that as a nonprofit hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford relies heavily on the support of community members like you? Today is our day to come together and give hope to our patients like Jase, who often have nowhere else to turn but Packard Children’s.

Who is Jase? That smile tells you almost everything you need to know about him. It shows he has a sweet disposition and bright outlook, despite his rough start.

Jase was born 15 weeks premature and weighed only 1 pound, 10 ounces. He was small enough to be held in his dad’s hand and he was struggling to breathe.

Doctors at the hospital where Jase was born gently suggested that his parents, Hailey and Sam, say their goodbyes. He had little chance of survival. But Hailey and Sam weren’t about to give up hope.

“I told Sam that until Jase shows us that he can’t go on, we are not going to do anything. I took it upon myself to call Packard Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). I cried and explained that Stanford was our last hope,” said Hailey.

They dreaded how long it would take to hear back, since every passing hour meant Jase was slipping farther away.

But less than an hour after receiving his medical records, our NICU caregivers called back. With eyes barely visible due to swelling, scarred lungs from a mechanical ventilator that was keeping him alive, and two terrified but hopeful parents, Jase was rushed to our NICU.

He was diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a chronic lung disease, and a rare genetic disorder called surfactant dysfunction. The combination of these problems and his extremely low birthweight could have been fatal, if not for the expert care you helped make possible.

Jase’s parents came to us in utter fear. They left, months later, armed with the knowledge and confidence that they could help their baby grow into a happy, healthy little boy.

It is thanks in part to your support that our extraordinary NICU team was able to keep Jase alive—and is able to continue helping the sickest, most at-risk babies like him who are brought to us when hope might seem lost.

But there is still so much more to be done, and that’s why we need your help.

Jase will be 2 in April! He keeps getting healthier—gaining weight, clapping his hands, and spreading joy with his smiles. But Jase still needs highly specialized care, numerous medications to ease his breathing, and frequent check-ups by our staff. There are still a lot of unknowns.

It is only because of kind supporters like you that we can continue to provide the highest quality pediatric care for children throughout the Bay Area, regardless of their families’ financial circumstances. Your support is also crucial to sustaining groundbreaking medical research that will give even more hope to patients like Jase for years to come.

In honor of #GivingTuesday and all our patients like Jase, will you donate $50 today?


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