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    Friday, May 24, 2024

    Kindness in Real Life: ‘Skate for Babies’ helps NICU patients

    Molly Cooper with Jona Sager, founder of Alicia’s Angels. (Photo submitted)

    Our daughter Molly was born at 29 weeks and her weight bottomed out at 2 pounds, 4 ounces. After just over two months in Yale’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit, she was able to come home.

    Today, Molly is a thriving 10-year-old. If Molly had been born even a decade ago, the outcome might have been very different. Unfortunately, not all of the babies survive.

    My wife, Amy, and I are putting together our seventh annual fundraiser called “Skate for Babies” at our alma mater Connecticut College’s Dayton Arena from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, to raise money for Alicia’s Angels. We are hoping to have a silent auction and raffle at the fundraiser and are asking businesses for donations.

    The family skate night donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children, with rental skates available for $5. All proceeds benefit Alicia’s Angels.

    Since the inception of the event in 2012, we have raised over $100,000 in donations at the event and from those who were unable to attend. Last year, approximately 350 people attended.

    Alicia’s Angels is an organization and was founded by Jona Sager, one of Molly’s NICU nurses at Yale in honor of her late daughter who didn’t get to come home. The organization is a 501c(3) not for profit and is placing rooms in NICUs, which will create an environment more like a home and less like a hospital.

    The mission of Alicia’s Angels is “To Bring Home to the Babies Who Will Not Get To Make It Home.”

    To learn more, visit www.aliciasangels.org.

    Evan Cooper of East Lyme is Pfizer Inc.’s director of worldwide R&D business development.

    Kindness in Real Life is a regular feature in the Times. To submit an item, email times@theday.com.

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