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Hearts for Hope gives back to Neonatal Pediatric Transport Team

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Hearts for Hope gives back to those who make a life-saving difference. This year, their 16th Annual Golf Classic benefits the Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Team at Advocate Children's Hospital.

Hearts for Hope is a volunteer group dedicated to giving back to medical professionals at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, comprised of grateful parents, families and local businesses.

On June 5, they hosted a golf outing to raise money for the critical care transport team at Silver Lake Golf Course. The donations from the fundraiser will enhance the capabilities of the Neonatal and Pediatric Transport teams, which specialize in helping infants and children needing urgent care.

"The thing that specializes us is we take care of pediatric and neonatal patients everyday, so our entire team is certified and we transport they want from one facility to the next," nurse manager and team member Nina said. "It's a mobilized unit and we can do everything an ICU can do in the back of an ambulance."

The parents of Christian, a boy who got a cold, which led to an infection, which led to heart failure, are forever in debt to the critical care transport team.

Christian needed a new heart. First, he needed to go from Rush to Lurie Children's Hospital, where the procedure could be performed. Because his condition was so delicate, only the Neonatal Pediatric Transport Team could handle the job.

Professionals at the tip-top of their field were ready to help Christian and his mom.

"One of the nurses there, she was like a mother figure," Christian's mother Lawanda said. "She held my hand and rubbed my shoulders and back the whole entire time. That actually calmed me down and kind of made me know that he was in great hands."

On the day Tracy's son Tommy was born, everything seemed fine. But only a few hours later, he began to turn blue. His heart wasn't functioning properly. Tommy needed to go to Advocate Children's in Oak Lawn, and only one team in the Chicago suburbs could do it.

"The speed that they came in and took over the situation and were able to get him stabilized and in that incubator and get him transported," Tracy said, "I don't know what would have happened if it went on any longer."

Both Tommy and Christian survived, and they're thriving today.

Tracy, Lawanda and the others who had a loved one saved by this team have formed Hearts for Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to give back to the team this year.

They said they could never repay the debt of saving their children, but they can give back by donating the latest life-saving equipment, like ventilators and pumps.

Lawanda, Tracy and others said the honor is all theirs.

Hearts for Hope expected to raise an estimated $90,000 at the golf classic.

For more information, please visit the Hearts for Hope website.

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