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Inspired Giving: The Jackson Family Story

Wesley and Molly Jackson
Wesley and Molly Jackson at Sharp Mary Birch. Their parents donated $36,500 to purchase a GE Giraffe OmniBed for babies in the NICU.

In December 2007, Suzy and Garry Jackson lost their 11-day-old baby girl, Abby Marie, at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.

Heartbroken, but grateful for the care their baby girl received, the Jackson family joined with family and friends to donate $36,500 — enough to purchase a GE Giraffe OmniBed for the NICU. The GE Giraffe OmniBed can be used as an open table warmer when the infant needs maximum accessibility, and can be converted into an incubator/isolette at the touch of a button. This functionality eliminates the need to move fragile infants from one piece of equipment to another, thus reducing stress and potential harm.

Through their gift, the Jackson family has been able to bring hope to other parents and their premature babies.

"After losing our daughter we felt compelled to give back to a hospital that had been so caring,” said Suzy Jackson.

“We hoped that Abby's life would make an impact on others and we wanted to direct that to the NICU at [Sharp] Mary Birch. Being able to supply something like the Giraffe bed makes us feel as though our family and friends are helping, in Abby's memory, to relieve some of the stress and discomfort that NICU babies and their families are forced to deal with."

Additionally, the family made 17 Guardian Angel gifts to the physicians and staff members at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns who cared for them during their stay.

Learn more about giving opportunities at Sharp Mary Birch and how you can help.