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Children’s Hospital NICCU Families to Reunite at Kidspace

A butterfly-themed celebration on Sunday, April 2, will reunite hundreds of patients and their families with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit at Kidspace Children’s Museum for an evening filled with play, fun and laughter.
These children, affectionately called NICCU “graduates,” all spent crucial days, weeks and months in CHLA’s intensive care unit specially designed to meet the needs of critically ill infants. About 800 patients, parents and loved ones will get an opportunity to reunite and celebrate with the physicians and nurses who cared for them during these vital early moments of life.
To commemorate the lives and accomplishments of NICCU graduates, CHLA and Kidspace have partnered to host the reunion.
“I have been practicing medicine for more than 25 years and nothing brings me more joy than seeing our graduates continue to flourish beyond our hospital,” said Dr. Philippe Friedlich, chief of CHLA’s Division of Neonatology and director of the Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. “Our partnership with Kidspace is a perfect match in our holistic mission to treat kids better — CHLA strives to help children reach their full potential by nurturing body and spirit; Kidspace does the same by nurturing imagination and curiosity.”
The event is free to the families and includes dinner. The theme of the NICCU reunion is butterflies; each NICCU family will be given a butterfly to take home, nurture and release into the world as a symbol of their beautiful journey to health. Kidspace kid-driven activities will include crafting butterfly wings, making butterfly antenna crowns, and building butterfly feeders. There will be a performance representing the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, as well as roaming costumed butterfly characters throughout the evening, all in celebration of the lives saved by CHLA.
“We are honored to partner with the CHLA as we embrace the needs of the children and families in our community,” said Michael Shanklin, Kidspace chief executive officer. “By hosting the NICCU family reunion at Kidspace, we will celebrate alongside the dedicated physicians, nurses and amazing CHLA support staff as we see children who have blossomed and have successfully navigated their way to great health.”
Sponsorship proceeds from the event will be divided between the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles NICCU and Kidspace Children’s Museum.

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