Jack Cleavenger was full of surprises when he was born. Not only did he surprise his parents by arriving early at 34 weeks, he was also born with Down syndrome and a heart problem.
“Up to that point, there had been no indication that anything was wrong,” says Sandi, his mother.
At just 2 days old, Jack was in congestive heart failure. He spent one month at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Akron City Hospital, followed by another month in the NICU at Akron Children’s. After just 6 days at home, Jack caught a cold, his heart failure worsened and he came back to Akron Children’s for open heart surgery. He then spent 45 days recovering in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Jack will turn 4 this April, and Sandi said there have been frequent visits to Akron Children’s since his first NICU stay and surgery.
“It’s been an in-and-out, 3-year kind of thing, sometimes in the PICU, sometimes on the floor, constantly at therapies and seeing countless specialists throughout the Akron Children’s campus,” Sandi said.
Throughout it all, Sandi and her husband, David, have been grateful for the care their family has received and decided to pay it back as Change Bandits for a second year at the 2017 98.1 KDD “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital.
“We owe so much to all the staff, and we know that every little bit counts, so Jack will “rob” everyone of their change again this year to raise money for our wonderful children’s hospital,” Sandi said.
Be sure to tune in to 98.1 KDD Feb. 9-11 to hear more inspiring patient stories during the 2017 “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon broadcasting live from Akron Children’s. Click here to make a donation or text KDD to 41444 and donate right from your smartphone.