by Shannon Frey
“My life forever changed on August 7th, 2015 when my son Marshall arrived into this world via emergency c-section weight only 4 pounds 15 ounces and 6 weeks premature. This would begin a 6 1/2 month (200) day journey in the American Family Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive care unit located in Madison, Wisconsin. During this time we found the comfort, safety, and benefits of the Zaky by Nurtured by Design to be an amazing blessing to help with my sons heart rate and oxygen levels as well as it helped him heal quickly from multiple surgeries.
Fast forward to August 2016, when Marshall turned 1. I knew that I wanted to do something special for the NICU to thank them for everything that they’ve done for me and my son and also do something to pay it forward and help all of the rest of the babies that came through after Marshall. I decided to raise money at Marshall’s 1st birthday party and purchase The Zaky as well as other things that the babies and nurses needed. As a single mother it was an amazing blessing that Yamile and Zachary matched The Zaky donation and that we were able to together get 16 Zakys for the NICU to use.”