Lennox gets stronger thanks to Starship supporters like you
We first introduced you to Lennox in last year’s spring newsletter. Born with significant heart and lung irregularities, Lennox spent much of his early life in Starship. He was able to leave the hospital after almost a year of near-constant treatment. But first, his parents needed to know how to attach him to a ventilator.
Thanks to generous Starship supporters like you, the Starship Foundation started a simulation program in 2010. Today, the Douglas Starship Simulation Training Program gives parents like Larissa (Lennox’s mum) the chance to practice real-life scenarios on lifelike manikins. That means when Lennox went home, his family knew how to attach his ventilator and deal with
The family have settled into a more regular life since he came home…and it seems to be helping. In the past year, Lennox has grown bigger and stronger. He still needs ventilation support at night, but he’s slowly working his way toward breathing independently fulltime.
His family are incredibly thankful for Starship – and to Starship Foundation supporters like you who have helped to fund equipment, training, and research that directly benefit kids like Lennox.
“I say it all the time, but…every child deserves a chance”, says Larissa. With support from people like you, Lennox has the chance to live a full and healthy life…and he’s making great strides.
Last year, Larissa and her family were looking for a way to show their appreciation to Starship staff and supporters. The Starship Foundation’s ‘Bake it Better’ campaign looked like the perfect opportunity.
Lennox’s family managed to raise over $3,000 through a combination of bake sales and donations from friends and family.
“We’ve signed up again this year”, says Larissa. “I hope other people are willing to sign up or donate…just give what you can”, she says.
Having spent lots of time with Lennox in intensive care, Larissa is delighted the money she raises will help fund the National Children’s ICU expansion at Starship.
“We were in there last winter with Lennox…it was completely full. It’ll be fantastic when it’s done, so the patients and the staff have more space”, she says.
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