Henry's Journey Home

For: Sarah Jackson and Scott Rike
Cedar Rapids, IA
Organizer: Andrew & Stephenie Suggs
$515
of $1,000 goal.
Raised by 13 donors
51% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Baby Henry was born Tuesday February 3rd, 2015 at 24 weeks and 1 day gestation weighing in at 1 pound 6 oz  – a big surprise to his mom and dad – Sarah and Scott.  He is doing very well considering how early he decided to arrive but he has a long road ahead.  He will spend a considerable amount of time in the NICU at St. Lukes hospital in Cedar Rapids.  His parents are anxious for the day when they can finally take him home!

When we first heard that Henry had arrived, we were thrilled that Scott and Sarah had become parents, but also knew that it was way too early for Scott to be sending out the “he’s here” text message.  Our thoughts immediately went to “What can we do for them, how do we help?”  We felt helpless as their friends in this situation and wanted nothing more than to support them.   I am sure that many other people feel the same way.  This fundraiser is how we all can help. 

Most parents plan on taking leave with the birth of a child; to care for their precious newborn, to recover from childbirth, and to adjust to life at home with the new addition to the family.   When a baby comes so early, the planned leave time gets spent in the NICU.   Scott has already used up his vacation time and Sarah is considering going back to work soon so she has vacation left for when Henry comes home.  Andrew and I have created this fundraiser to help lessen the financial worries they have, so they can focus on Henry.  The money raised will be used for Henry’s medical expenses and for personal expenses.  Scott and Sarah should be at the hospital as much as they want to/need to be – because that is what they all need now more than anything – to be together as a family.  Please help support them and donate – together we can make a big difference in the life of a very special little guy J

If you would like to know what Henry has been up to since his birth, check out the blog we have created for him here – www.henryrike.wordpress.comSarah has been updating friends and family with daily emails and we have created Henry’s blog with them.  We will be adding updates regularly – follow along on Henry’s Journey Home

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 23, 2015

Posted on June 23, 2015

Henry is going home soon! Let's help Sarah get as much time home with him as possible. One last push to meet the goal! 

Posted on March 27, 2015

Posted on March 27, 2015

Henry is doing very well, gaining weight and showing small improvement daily.  His first vision screening went very well, but they will continue these vision screenings regularly, as issues could still develop.  

Henry is still on a ventilator.  Any prayers or positive thoughts you can send his way to try and be done with the ventilator are welcome!

Scott and Sarah are both back at work and taking shifts at the hospital with Henry. Sarah let me know that they plan to use the money raised so she can take off as much time as possible once Henry gets to come home.  Let's help her get as much time home with him as possible!  

Scott and Sarah are incredibly grateful for all the love, caring, and support they have received since Henry made his entry into this world.  They appreciate all of you so very much!

Stephenie

Posted on March 5, 2015

Posted on March 5, 2015

Henry has had some very good days and some difficult days but he is hanging in there!  He has recently reached a big milestone - 1 Month Old!  Sarah and Scott are spending as much time with Henry as possible.  They appreciate your support so much!  Keep sending prayers and positive thoughts Henry's way. 

Daily updates can be found on Henry's blog - www.henryrike.wordpress.com

Stephenie

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