Little Fighters Features

Little Fighters Feature

Vivian Nohle

As an infant she was on the highest level of respiratory support. At three years old, she is happy, healthy, and breathing on her own.

Kyle Mau

Kyle spent four months in the NICU fighting to survive. 31 years later, his mother still thanks Crouse for giving her the chance to see her son grow up.

Alexandria Woodward

Born with underdeveloped lungs, she couldn’t breathe on her own. 11 years later she is independently breathing, playing sports, and excelling in school.

Declan and Logan

Born on New Year’s Day, Declan and Logan Powers spent three months in the NICU. Today, they’re happy and healthy three year olds.

Little Fighter Ciara

Ciara Studstill

Ciara was born at just 728 grams. Today she’s preparing for her first semester of college.

Little Fighters Baby Shower

American Legion NICU Baby Shower

The women of the Onondaga Salon #154 Chapter of the American Legion host an annual baby shower for Crouse Little Fighters.

Little Fighter Haylee

Haylee Schultz

Haylee Shultz spent a week in the NICU after she was born. On her eighth birthday, she wanted to give back.

Little Fighters Gavin and Grant

Gavin and Grant

Gavin and Grant Johnson spent four and six months fighting for their lives in the NICU. They just celebrated their first birthday!

Little Fighter Jayden


Jayden Grant spent 23 days fighting in the NICU, including two surgeries by six days old.

Little Fighter Caitlin


Caitlin has the lowest possible Apgar scores when she was born. Now she’s singing all over Central New York.

Little Fighter Jenna


Jenna was born at 23 weeks and given a 10 percent chance of surviving. Today she’s thriving as a keyboard player with her own YouTube channel.

Little Fighters Allen Triplets

Allen Triplets

Our daughters were given a five percent survival rate, but beat all odds and fought hard to be the strong little three-year-olds they are today.

Little Fighter Gabe


When Gabe was born, the physicians had no clinical explanation for his high birth weight. Today, we know that Gabriel’s birth weight was due in part to his diagnosis of a whole gene deletion on chromosome 17, Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF).

Little Fighters Mexico school

Mexico Middle School

The generous spirit of the faculty and staff at Mexico Middle School does not stop at the four walls of the school building. Learn what they did for our Crouse Little Fighters.

NICU Dr. Bouram

Bouraa BouAram, MD

Baker Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Crouse Hospital: Where Technology Meets Compassion and the Best in Patient Care.

Little Fighter Najah

Samir Salaam Jennings-Bey

Leaving a child behind in the NICU each night leaves many parents with uneasiness and anxiety, but Tim and Najah knew that Samir would receive the best care possible from the Crouse team.

Little Fighter

Karen Dodge

Karen Dodge was born in 1981 with Spina Bifada, and cared for lovingly by the Baker Regional NICU team. Today, she’s a 35-year-old mom!

Little Fighter Stella Hunt

Stella Hunt

I believe God sent us to Crouse Hospital for a reason.

Crouse NICU graduate Lucy

Lucy Woodruff

As much as I hated leaving Lucy in the NICU each night, I knew she was in good and loving hands.

Little Fighter McQuaid

McQuaid Higbee

McQuaid’s entire family is mindful of and grateful for the compassionate 24/7 attention they received from the NICU.

Little Fighter Sara

Ashley Morrice

Ashley was born prematurely due to severe preeclampsia. Looking at her now you would never know how her life started!

Samantha Utano

Beth Utano learned she was expecting just a short time before having to say goodbye to husband Mike as he left for U.S. Air Force boot camp. Then the unexpected happened.

Little Fighter Twins

Rachfal Twins

From babies born at 30 weeks to healthy professionals today, the Rachfal twins and their parents are thankful.

Little Fighter Joey

Joey Ponto

Living with Prematurity: The Joey Ponto Story.

Little Fighter Nora

Nora Marceau, RN

Meet Nora Marceau, RN. She’s a Crouse NICU graduate who became a nurse and now works alongside other nurses who cared for her when she was a newborn.

Donate Now

When you give to Crouse’s Baker Regional NICU, you’re giving our region’s tiniest and sickest babies a fighting chance.


Donate Now

When you give to Crouse’s Baker Regional NICU, you’re giving our region’s tiniest and sickest babies a fighting chance.