My name is Cameryn Strolight and I’m 13 years old. My family and I are organizing the 2nd Annual Pump It for Preemies dance-a-thon on April 26, 2015 in support of Mount Sinai Hospital. Our goal is to raise funds to purchase an Infant Ventilator for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A ventilator is what helped me breathe when I was born 10 weeks early and weighing 2 pounds 5 ounces...
Dance with cast members from TV's THE NEXT STEP at our 2nd Annual dance-a-thon on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Hosted by actress, and on-air host and singer/songwriter Lindsay Hamilton, this fun dance-a-thon for tweens & teens will foster charitable giving. To participate, children will collect donations and become eligible for amazing prizes. They will dance to the music of Bounce Entertainment and munch on yummy food.
Pump it for Preemies raised $64,000 in 2014 for a ventilator for Mount Sinai’s NICU, which is one of the largest in Canada, and cares for thousands of critically ill babies annually. As families are becoming more of an equal part of infant care teams in NICU units, Mount Sinai Hospital will open it’s doors in early 2015 to a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Read more about the changes and benefits for babies and families.
When I think back to when Cameryn was born – I was only 29 weeks pregnant – I remember wondering how a baby that was born so early could possibly survive. She was so small and fragile. Right after her birth, she was placed on a ventilator as she wasn’t able to breathe on her own. She also had an infection and was immediately given antibiotics. It was a very emotional and stressful time.