Then and Now: A Look Back on Move Day, June 9, 2012 with Gia
This June marks one decade since we safely moved 127 patients three miles across town, from our Lincoln Park hospital (then Children’s Memorial) to Lurie Children’s in Streeterville.
Of the 127 patients, Gia was one of the smallest to be part of Move Day. After spending several months in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and undergoing a series of operations throughout her childhood, today Gia is a singing, dancing, energetic 10-year-old.
“During some dark times in our daughter's health journey, Lurie Children's became a light in our path,” said Gia’s mom, Jill. “We will always be grateful for the continued love and care we have been shown.”
Since moving our patients, families and staff to a new facility in a new neighborhood in 2012, our commitment to improving the wellbeing of all young people remains as strong as ever. It takes a community – from doctors to donors and supporters to scientists – to provide a healthier future for the kids we care about.
That’s why on June 12, we invite you to join us for the 10th annual Move for Kids, presented by Hub Group. This event is a three-mile walk and celebration for our patients, families, friends and neighbors, plus the Grant Thornton Kids Dash for our youngest supporters.
Registration is free and anyone can participate. We encourage all participants to fundraise to support patients and families at Lurie Children's who are facing financial challenges and to help deliver care in under-resourced neighborhoods.
As a community of people who are passionate about the health and well-being of children, we know it's essential that every child has access to the very best care. As the #1 ranked pediatric hospital in Illinois, Lurie Children's entire mission is to help kids, like Gia, have a healthier future.
With the expertise and support of Dr. Shaaban and Lurie Children's Chicago Institue for Fetal Health, Annie gave birth to Emmie and Gracie. Today, the girls are healthy and living life to the fullest.
After being diagnosed with ADHD, Leo began working Lurie Children's Dr. John Parkhurst. Through therapy, Leo learned how to harness his skills and strengths to better communicate with his family and friends.
In 2021, 13-year-old Isabella started suffering from chronic nerve pain across her entire body. While the road to diagnosis took time, her eventual outcome thanks to Neurosurgeon Dr. Jeffrey Raskin was a life-changing one.