Ride- Mike Frank
Evie and Nick, proud parents of Savannah, now 2Lbs 14oz.
With all of the chaos that surrounds getting 22 bikers through each state in the lower 48, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity, but there are always certain things that reach out and grab your attention and re-focus you back to what is important. The recurring theme that keeps appearing to me is family. Columbus has embraced the Miracle Ride and everywhere we go, we tell the story and bring new people into the Miracle Ride family.
As we toured the hospital in Sioux City last week, I was about to walk out of the NICU when I heard something that stopped me: a name. There was a baby girl in the NICU named Savannah, which as many of you know is my [almost] 4 year old’s name. I turned back to take a peek. I ended up talking with the young parents of sweet miss Savannah Faye, Nick and Evie, for a while. (Long enough that the rest of the group had moved on and a nurse had to show me up to the floor they were now on.) Our Savannah was born full term on June 9th, 2011. Savannah Faye was coincidentally due to be born on June 10th, but came early, on March 13th at only 1Lb 4oz. They lived two hours from the hospital so they were staying in the Ronald McDonald House and more recently with local family members.
While I only spoke to Nick and Evie for a few minutes, long days and long miles give you a lot of time to think, and my mind keeps coming back to them. Before our Savannah was born, I prayed that we would have a healthy baby and smooth delivery, and was comforted by the fact that we had such great services so close to home – just in case.
I miss my wife and girls, and while Makenna (2.5yo) and Savannah have taken Daddy being gone harder than I had hoped, the trials we face for 21 days pale in comparison to the sacrifice and trials that are faced by the families of preemie or sick babies. We ride, pray, donate, and tell the story… please help us to help these families. The new CMN campaign slogan couldn’t sum it up any better: “Put your money where the miracles are.” Please click the button to donate today.