John Beese, the grandfather of a former NICU patient, is giving back to the hospital that helped his family.
Beese, a farmer from Green, recently won the America’s Farmers Grow Communities award from the Monsanto Fund. Beese was given $5,000 to donate to two nonprofit organizations of his choice.
Beese said he chose Akron Children’s because the staff at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care init (NICU) at Akron General Medical Center took “most excellent care of Evan” at a time when his family was very concerned.
Beese’s grandson, Evan, and his family spent three weeks in the NICU after he was born eight weeks early and weighed only 4 lbs., 4 oz.
“Three weeks is a long time,” said Evan’s father, Matt Beese. “Most nights, we stayed there overnight.”
Evan is now 6 months old and growing, weighing in at more than 15 lbs.
John Beese, along with his family and representatives from the Monsanto Fund, recently presented a check to Dr. Anand Kantak, director of neonatology, and other representatives from the NICU.
“What really stands out is that Mr. Beese received the award as recognition of his own work and he decided to use the award to recognize the NICU,” said Christine Young, director of nursing and neonatal services.