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Preemies Blossom into Fashionistas During Aug. 12 Event


March of Dimes - Fashion Show 2012 - newsA ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel on Carrier Circle was filled with children, parents and a whole lot of love on Sunday, Aug. 12 as the Central New York Chapter of the March of Dimes presented its Precious Preemies Fashion Show, sponsored in part by Crouse Hospital.

Michelle Bode, MD, a neonatologist in the Baker Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Crouse, and Dee Pease, RN, a nurse in our NICU, helped organize the event. “The sole purpose of the Preemie Fashion Show was to celebrate life,” said Dr. Bode, a member of the chapter’s board of directors. More than 125 attended the show, which featured 22 children — all born prematurely — who ranged in age from 12 months to 11 years in age.


The fashion show featured a number of children who spent their first days and weeks in the Crouse NICU, included nine-year-old triplets (from left to right) Jake, Hannah and Jered Charleston, whose mother, Jackie, works as a registered nurse at Crouse.

Crouse Hospital, home to the area’s only state-designated Level 4 regional perinatal center, is also a sponsor of the 2012 March for Babies, planned for Sunday, Oct. 14 at Onondaga Community College. According to Dr. Bode, the fashion show will be held again next year in November, national Prematurity Awareness Month.

More than half a million babies are born too soon, 30,000 of them right here in New York State. Through programs and services in communities across the state, the March of Dimes works to promote healthy pregnancies and babies and prevent premature birth and birth defects.

Event Coverage by YNN

Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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