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Welcoming back Alex and Stefanie Odaffer to Community Regional Medical Center with their beautiful 19-month-old daughter Emily on May 26 was a special treat for the caregivers in our NICU. Not only did our physicians and staff get to see how far Emily has progressed but the Odaffers did something special in return for our NICU.
Emily’s father Alex organized the “Bumble Bee Motorcycle Run” on Sunday, May 26, to raise funds for the NICU. They wanted to express their gratitude for the outstanding care given to Emily and for essentially, saving her life, said her parents.
The Odaffers chose the bumble bee theme because their daughter achieved milestones that she was not predicted to achieve based on her condition. This reminded her parents of a quote by Mary Kay Ash, “Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”
A special group of motorcycle riders met at Clawson Motorsports for donuts and coffee the morning of May 26 and in unison rode their bikes on a route through Prather that ended at Community Regional. They collected and donated close to $800.00 – as well as several items for infants and their families in the NICU. Their gift will be used to provide developmental aids for infants. I can’t thank the Odaffer family enough, as well as other family members and friends who joined the Bumble Bee Motorcycle Run. We are humbled and greatly appreciative of your time and expressions of gratitude.