My name is Cameryn Strolight and I’m 14 years old. My family and I are organizing our 3rd Annual Pump It for Preemies dance-a-thon in 2016 in support of Mount Sinai Hospital. Our goal is to raise funds to purchase Infant Ventilators 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...
Thank you to our host Lindsay Hamilton, YTV Canada's THE NEXT STAR: SuperGroup Winners...REBEL COAST, cast members from TV's THE NEXT STEP and SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, The Avenue Banquet Hall and Bounce Entertainment at our 2nd Annual dance-a-thon on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
Pump it for Preemies has raised over $128,000.00 to date for new infant ventilators 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 opened 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.