Enriching the lives of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago by providing transportation and parking to families, thereby allowing parents to spend more time with their critically ill baby.
Carrie and Terry Meghie always thought their son, Jackson, would live a long and healthy life. Sadly, the Meghie’s precious baby did not live to see his first birthday.
Because of a chronic lung condition, Jackson spent all but 48 hours of his life in the NICU, the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit for critically ill or premature newborns. He passed away in his mother’s arms while holding his father’s hand on September 7, 2012 – just shy of 10 months old.
After Jackson’s death, Carrie and Terry asked themselves what they could do to help other families with children in the NICU. The answer was immediate: ease the burden of the astounding parking fees that are preventing too many families from visiting their children.
ABOUT JACKSON CHANCE FOUNDATION
Carrie and Terry Meghie started the Jackson Chance Foundation (JCF) to enrich the lives of families with babies in the NICU by allowing them to spend more time with their baby. (JCF is an Illinois non-for-profit, tax exempt 501(c) (3) organization.)
The foundation has partnered with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to launch the NICU Transportation Program, which provides complimentary transportation (parking, CTA/Metra vouchers) to all families for every day their child is in the NICU. Prior to the NICU Transportation Program, monthly or daily parking passes did not exist, and families did not have access to in and out privileges. The Program is fully funded by JCF.