I am running for Team Andi in this year's New York City Marathan!
I feel so passionate about Amy and Andi's story. As a mom of three, I can't imagine not being able to have your newborn with you at all times, coupled with the added challenge of having another child to take care of. Families deserve all the resources possible during this massive life transition.
Amy Knepper's daugther, Andi, was born 10 weeks early weighing just over 2 pounds. She lived in Mount Sinai Hospitals NICU facility for almost 3 months. Amy brought Andi into this world, the NICU staff brought Andi to life.
Not being able to bond with her daughter in the privacy of her own home and having to leave her nightly was really difficult and heartbreaking. It is very important for both the parents and their at-risk newborn to have as much bonding time together as possible. Amy took her passion for running and combined it with her gratitude toward Mount Sinai's NICU and created TEAM ANDI. Since starting in 2014, we have created our first TEAM ANDI private room that can hold one family. We hope to create many rooms for future NICU parents to live with their newborns, hear them cry, smell them, hold them whenever they want, bathe them and be there 24/7 all within the support of the NICU staff.
Mount Sinai Hospital sits on mile 23 of the TCS NYC Marathon course, at the peak of 5th Avenue's hill before entering Central Park. Three floors up, the littlest and weakest athletes are fighting for survival while we runners are running to finish our marathon.
Andi is now in first grade and doing awesome!
I hope you will consider donating to me on behalf of TEAM ANDI and Mount Sinai. I thank you for your support and consideration and am so excited to be a part of this amazing team and to continue to push myself through this goal!
You can donate by clicking above or by hitting this link: http://giving.mountsinai.org/goto/aimeeclark