superhero ambassadors

THE PEOPLE WHO HELP US RAISE AWARENESS FOR NICU FAMILIES

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The Superhero Project celebrates people who recognize the challenges faced by the parents and families who have premature babies. We are proud to acknowledge the following individuals who have stepped up and made a difference in helping The Superhero Project raise awareness.

Jaclyn Schenk

Team Superhero: Volunteer Coordinator

Hi my name is Jaclyn Schenk I was introduced to The Superhero Project shortly after my son was born and released from the NICU. The foundation became close to my heart after hearing all that they do for NICU families, and the help they provide the hospitals in installing AngelEye cameras.

Last year, my husband and I hosted our first fundraiser called Logan’s Touch-A-Truck and we raised $4853.37!

I enjoy volunteering and working with this foundation, because as a NICU Mom I know firsthand how hard it is to navigate. If I can bring just a little bit of relief to a family or a fellow NICU mom who is going  through what I went through then that makes all of the time spent volunteering worth it.

Lauren DeHaven

Chester Hospital Ambassador

I’m Lauren – a wife, mom of two beautiful girls, daughter, sister and elementary teacher. I was first introduced to The Superhero Project when our second daughter was born at 30 weeks at Chester County Hospital. While in the NICU, we were the recipients of two of The Superhero Project’s programs – PJs with a Smile and Angel Eye Cameras. After 55 days, our less than 3 pound beauty at birth was now over 5 pounds and ready to come home. Upon reflection during and after our NICU stay, I read more about The Superhero Project, connected with Kelly, and am forever grateful that, because of The Superhero Project, our NICU experience was a little easier. I’m honored and it is my pleasure to give back and help other Chester County Hospital NICU families through The Superhero Project.

Megan Angstadt

Jefferson Abington Hospital & Nemours Children’s Health

I’m Megan – a wife, mom to Annie and her canine sisters Lily & Luna, and a Physician Assistant. I was introduced to the Superhero Project when a care package showed up on my door step days after my daughter was born at Abington at 31wks, 2lb 4oz, with an omphalocele and flown to Nemours. While we spent time in both Nemours and Abington NICUs we were supported by the superhero project through their care package, PJs with a Smile, Angel Eye Cameras, and a Graduation Kit! While I spent days in the NICU as a brand new, now NICU, mom as well as a medical provider I knew I needed to be involved in this program as those days were hard and long and a pick me up was oh so needed. During Annie’s stay I connected with both Kelly and Amanda and said I’m in! They said, “oh honey, get Annie home and then we will talk,” well it didn’t take long and we are so grateful for the ability to give back through the Superhero Project to NICU families as we know what a trying time it can be!

Krystal King

Hershey Medical Center

Hi! I’m Krystal – a wife, daughter, sister and mother of two wild, beautiful babies and a fur baby. My other full time job is in the hospitality industry as a Human Resources Director at the Sweetest place on Earth.

Our youngest, Carter, was born at 33 weeks and spent 19 days in the NICU at the Hershey Medical Center. During that time, we needed to balance time at home with our daughter who was almost two years old. The inability to be in two places at once broke my heart. When we weren’t at Carter’s bedside, we were so grateful for the ability to connect with and see him through the AngelEye camera.

Months after Carter was discharged, I started researching volunteer organizations and events that benefited families in the NICU. I wanted to do something to share my love and support with other families during what can feel like a very lonely and difficult time. When I came across the Superhero Project and read about Kelly’s efforts contributing towards the ability for us to benefit from the AngelEye technology, I was so moved and inspired. I immediately reached out to Kelly and asked how I could get involved.

I’m so excited to be able to bring a little bit of joy to the experiences of the families in the Hershey NICU. My hope is to expand into a few other NICU departments in the South Central PA region as well soon!

Lauren Holiday

2x Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA World Cup champion, NICU Parent

Having a baby in the NICU is never what you plan for. It is by far one of the hardest things for a parent/family to experience. The Superhero Project gives you the comfort you need to get through the days until you can have your baby home with you. These cameras are a game changer and I pray that every NICU acquires them.

Brian Taff

6abc Action News Anchor, NICU Parent

“Those first weeks of a child’s life bring a flood of emotions to new parents, all of which are only deepened when Mom and Dad can’t bring their newborn home as they’d imagined. The Superhero Project provides a vital link that helps to fill those hours of wondering, and waiting to get back. There is no joy like being with your newborn, but short of that, being able to simply see them is a luxury not to be taken for granted!”

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