One of Albany’s most popular and scenic footraces, the Jingle Bell Jog, is this Saturday. Funds raised from the event help provide specialized euipment and programs to help pediatric patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
Claire Thompson was only 3 lbs and 5 ounces when she was born at Phoebe. She was 32 weeks premature and was cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 30 days. Now 23 years old, she helps save the lives of premature babies everyday at the NICU, where she started out life as a patient.
“I love working here,” she said. “The care these babies receive from the nursing staff at Phoebe is incredible.”
Funds raised through the Children’s Miracle Network help benefit infants in Phoebe’s NICU and children in Albany by providing specialized equipment and programs to help pediatric patients at Phoebe.
“The special beds that the most premature babies are placed in are necessary,” said Thompson. “Having these purchased through CMN has saved many lives. Some babies wouldn’t survive without them.”
Although Claire is a self proclaimed “gym rat” and not a runner, she is looking forward to running in this year’s Jingle Bell Jog to help support the Children’s Miracle Network and the babies she cares for every day.
“There are many nurses running together,” she said. “It is a way for us to stay healthy, help children in Albany and have a great time.”
The 22nd annual Jingle Bell Jog will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at 311 Third Avenue – rain or shine. The race will include a 10K run, 5K run/walk and a 1-mile fun walk. This year, there are new pre-certified courses and designated parking on Phoebe campus. Children can enjoy taking pictures with Jingles the reindeer and face painting.
For questions about the 2009 Jingle Bell Jog, please contact Phoebe HealthWorks at (229) 312-2200.
Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year, 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of children overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.