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.
Our 2nd Annual dance-a-thon will take place on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Hosted by actress, and on-air host and singer/songwriter Lindsay Hamilton, this amazing, fun dance-a-thon for children in grades 1 to 9 will foster charitable giving in this age demographic. To participate, children will solicit donations and become eligible for prizes for their efforts. They will dance to the high-energy music of Bounce Entertainment and munch on yummy food and snacks.
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. A flagship program of Mount Sinai Hospital, the NICU is undergoing a tremendous transformation as part of The Campaign to Renew Sinai.
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.