Sacred Heart hosts annual event to raise money for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

The 3rd Annual Preemie Cup honors those stories like Rachel's by raising money to help Sacred Heart continue caring for babies in the NICU. Sacred Heart's NICU accepts patients regardless of their ability to pay.

"They can't do it by themselves," Rachel said. "Not only the care, but the equipment really saves these babies' lives. It's also important because you're giving to your local hospital."

Tina Strobel started the Preemie Cup in 1998 in memory of her daughter Gus Dahl Strobel. Since then, the event has raised over $330,000 to purchase state-of-the-art equipment. The multi-tiered event consists of a paddle board race, a silent auction and finally, the Preemie Cup sailing race at Regatta Bay in Pensacola.  

"It has been very rewarding to work on this event," said Kathryn Hendrix, chairwoman of the Preemie Cup. "Not only because it is dear to my heart, but it truly helps so many families."

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