When Jason and Leigh Ann Siener created the Parents With Hope Fund 10 years ago, the thought of helping families of premature or critically ill newborns in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Francis Medical Center was a lofty goal with an unknown appeal to potential donors.
Fast-forward a decade and Parents With Hope is one of Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation’s most successful donor funds, with nearly 700 families assisted with expenses such as lodging, food and travel. The fund has disbursed more than $218,000 to help offset the cost of approximately 4,700 nights in hotel rooms and other needs for families from throughout our five-state service region.
A surge of giving at the end of 2016 raised $84,300 via text, over the phone, in the mail and online from Saint Francis employees, members of the Friends and Foundation boards of directors and people in the community. We also participated in Giving Tuesday on November 29, a global day dedicated to giving, with all proceeds going to Parents With Hope.
You can make direct donations to the Parents With Hope fund through Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation. For more information about giving opportunities, please contact our office at 573-331-5133.