Greg and Sara Banowski wed on November 1, 2008. Greg was laid off in April 2009. Greg and Sara found out the following month that Sara was 2 1/2 months pregnant. Sara was diagnosed with Toxemia on September 25, 2009. Despite many efforts to control the disease doctors had no choice but to deliver the baby at 26 weeks.
On September 30, 2009, Thomas Banowski came into this world, 14 weeks early. Sara was due January 2, 2010. Tommy weighed 1 pound 13 ounces and was 14 inches long. He was immediately taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Christ Hospital and put on a ventilator. Over the next 2 1/2 months Tommy endured countless tests, x-rays, and blood transfusions. He suffered through infections and surgery before coming home.
Tommy came home on December 13, 2009 weighing 4 pounds 11 ounces and just over 17 inches long!!! - But the war isn't over yet...For the next 3 years Tommy will continue to see doctors and specialists to watch his intellectual development and his overall outcome. He is also battling an eye disease that the doctors are monitoring closely. Tommy has showed signs of improvement and the doctors say it will just take time. Tommy has many obstacles to overcome but he is a fighter!!
You can imagine the medical bills are adding up! We hope that with your generosity we can help alleviate some of the burden of Tommy's bills. A benefit will be held on May 8, 2010 from 3pm till 8pm.
Adult Tickets - $25
Ages 6-20 - $10
5 and Under - Free
Tickets are now available!!! Please email number of tickets requested along with your name, address and phone number to TogetherforTommy@yahoo.com
Benefit Events: Silent Auctions, Raffles, Split the Pots. Benefit donations are appreciated: Cash donations, food, certificate for events, products or services to be used for raffles or auctions. Anyone that would like information on how to make donations for the benefit can contact Rose at (708)687-8140 or Kristin at (708)-710-2286 or email TogetherforTommy@yahoo.com.
An account has been opened at MB Financial Bank. Please make checks payable to: "Together for Tommy"
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