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AROUND TOWN: Newborn Hope: 40 years of helping preemies
Two energetic little fellows just being boys provided unexpected entertainment in front of the audience of 800-plus at the recent 40th annual Newborn Hope luncheon at the International Center at The Broadmoor hotel.
Not only that, Aiden and Owen McKechnie were two of the reasons the guests were there.
The McKechnies were the day’s featured family, sharing their story of Aiden, who was born prematurely and spent 137 days in the NICU as he faced multiple surgeries and preemie challenges. Today, he’s a preschooler.
Both Aiden and little Owen, who was born healthy, were examples of why Newborn Hope works to reduce the rate of premature births in Colorado and to support families with critically ill babies.
Cindy Wright, one of those who had cared for Aiden, received the first Cindy Fowler Award of Hope. Because of her, “we had peace when we had to leave him at night,” Karla McKechnie said.
The award is in honor of the late Cindy Fowler, a 25-year Newborn Hope volunteer. “My wife,” said husband Chuck Fowler, “understood that hope requires a fertile environment. Hope doesn’t survive in a vacuum.” In the many new faces he saw at the luncheon, “I see hope.”
Over the years, more than $4.2 million has been raised by the Newborn Hope volunteers.
Among the day’s sponsors: Allen and Holly Oliphant, KKTV, El Pomar Foundation, Memorial Hospital University of Colorado Health, Main Man Films and The Broadmoor.
Runway models wore fashions from CAbi, Doncaster, Kirk and Hill, Macy’s, Something New Boutique, The Shops at the Broadmoor, The Ski Shop and William Kurtz, Ltd., and hairstyles and makeup were by J. Gregory Salon and Macy’s.