Swim for Melissa
The 12th Annual Swim for Melissa will be held on Saturday, August 5th from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Hampton Cove Pool. During the event, each child will have the opportunity to swim as many laps as possible during a 5 minute time period. It's a non-competitive swim for kids from birth to 14 years old- your child can participate even if he or she can't swim!
Proceeds from this event will provide video-guided laryngoscopes, Beads of Courage, Giraffe warmers, and incubators at the Huntsville Hospital NICU.
Ways to Get Involved with Swim for Melissa
1. Start a team...
Round up some friends from your neighborhood and swim together! You can even start a team in honor of a current NICU baby!
2. If your child can't swim...
Break out the floaties and swim with your child! Trust us, you'll love jumping in the pool on this hot August day!
3. If you're out of town on August 5th....
Be a "Virtual Swimmer!" You can raise money online all summer and still earn all of the great prizes without coming to the event.
Amy and Chris George established Melissa's fund in memory of their daughter, Melissa Suzanne, who passed away in the RNICU at Huntsville Hospital. She and her twin sister, Ann Catherine, entered the world 14 weeks early on June 1, 2005, both of them weighing less than two pounds. Ann Catherine went on to spend 68 days in the RNICU and is now a healthy 12-year-old.
Money raised through Melissa's fund is used to purchase equipment for the RNICU, the only Level III intensive care unit for critically ill infants in the north Alabama region. The Neonatal ICU staff of four neonatologists and 110 nurses care for more than 1,000 babies from across the Tennessee Valley each year.