"You're Not Alone" Program Launches at Florida Hospital

October 11, 2011

Birth Defect Research for Children launches the "You're Not Alone" Care Package Program at Florida Hospital for Children

Orlando, FL - On Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 - Birth Defect Research for Children (BDRC) will launch its "You're Not Alone" program for moms who have new babies born with birth defects. The program will officially begin with the delivery of 20 gift bags to be given to the moms on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Florida Hospital for Children.  The goal of this new program is to let families who have infants born with birth defects know that they are not alone and that BDRC has support services to help them through this process.  Also included in the package are generous gifts from sponsors:  My First Disney Bear donated by   Walt Disney World, $20 Gift Certificate donated by Walmart, Organic Cap & Bootie set donated by Castleware, HappyBaby Organic Baby Food & Puffs and Chlorine Free Baby Wipes donated by Whole Foods Market. 

Bringing a new baby into the world is a joyous occasion.  But when your new baby has health issues it can also become a very stressful and upsetting time. The "You're Not Alone" program provides the comforting knowledge that there are others there to help you.

Betty Mekdeci founded non-profit Birth Defect Research for Children in Orlando in 1982, after her son was born with birth defects.  At that time, very little information and support was available to parents with children who had health issues. 

"When I decided to create Birth Defect Research for Children, I wanted to provide everything that I felt new parents needed when they first discover that their child has birth defects.  The main thing that most parents need is support from others who have been in the same situation. Through the "You're Not Alone" project we hope to help many more families create this support system," said Executive Director, Betty Mekdeci.

Florida Hospital for Children:

Florida Hospital for Children is a full-service facility served by more than 80 pediatric specialists, one of the largest panels of pediatric experts in Central Florida and a highly trained pediatric team of more than 1,000 employees. This unique children's hospital provides patients with private, family-centered pediatric rooms, a dedicated pediatric emergency department and an Advanced Center for Pediatric Surgery. Florida Hospital for Children delivers a complete range of pediatric health services for younger patients including advanced surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, cardiology, orthopaedics, urology, endocrinology, transplant services, full-service pediatrics and an innovative health and obesity platform. The 200-pediatric bed facility serves as a destination for pediatric health care. Florida Hospital for Children is the only children's hospital in Central Florida to be recognized with Magnet Recognition Status®, the highest award in nursing. For more information, visit www.floridahospitalforchildren.com.