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MOMS Club to host fundraiser for Dakota McLamb Memorial Fund April 23

Fund supports neonatal care
Apr 16, 2013

The MOMS Club of Coastal Delaware continues to support the Dakota McLamb Memorial Fund by hosting a Funds for Friends event at the Greene Turtle in Lewes, at the Villages of Five Points on Tuesday, April 23.

Dine in anytime that day and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the fund. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle and silent auction with unique items and gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The Dakota McLamb Memorial Fund was selected as the beneficiary of the fundraiser on behalf of member Lisa McLamb and the many families with young children who live in and visit the area. Providing the local hospital with equipment designed for tiny bodies means that when emergencies happen, children will be cared for using best practices in pediatric medicine.

On Thanksgiving Day 2010, Dakota McLamb was born at Beebe Medical Center with an unanticipated, serious heart defect and died a mere six hours after birth. Months later, the family chose to turn their tragedy into something positive by creating the Dakota McLamb Memorial Fund to honor their son and help other parents and newborns at Beebe Medical Center.

The fund has raised over $30,000 so far allowing for the purchase of an I-STAT machine and a Panda iRes Warmer for the maternity unit. The I-STAT allows testing of a drop or two of blood with results immediately available at the bedside rather than needing a full vial of blood to be sent to the lab and having to wait for results.

The Panda iRes Warmer is used to resuscitate an infant and has a built-in t-piece resuscitator, EKG and pulse oximeter monitor and scale. Medical equipment is continually updated and improved, and the Dakota McLamb Memorial Fund provides a source of funding for the emerging needs of Beebe’s Labor and Delivery Unit.

Tax-deductible gifts can also be sent directly to the Dakota McLamb Memorial Fund at Beebe Medical Foundation, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes.  Note “Dakota McLamb Memorial Fund” on the check’s memo line.

For more information about the Dakota McLamb Memorial Fund or the Greene Turtle event contact Shelly Kennedy at tknamomt@yahoo.com or 302-381-0264.

 

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