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MacKenzie’s Miles for Miracles

Today, MacKenzie is a happy and healthy 14-year old. Looking at her, you’d never know she was the baby pictured to the right. MacKenzie, who is Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s champion child for its Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ program, was born 12 weeks early and she spent 100 days in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Those 100 days weren’t easy. They were filled with highs and lows, milestones and set backs. Through it all, her mom and dad remember the care their daughter received, and they’re so thankful. They also remember that it wasn’t just the care that she received. The team in the neonatal intensive care unit took care of the whole family, something that was hugely important because MacKenzie would spend her first Thanksgiving and her first Christmas in the NICU.

Each Christmas, MacKenzie visits the NICU to say thank you to the team who cared for her, and also to pay it forward. She hosts a drive to collect money to buy blankets, onesies, and ornaments to spread some holiday cheer to the families who are currently spending the holidays there. And, this year, she’s going one step further. She is pledging to ride her bike 10 miles through the trails of Machias to raise money to further support the care at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. She’s set August 1st as the ride, and she’s hoping to raise $1,000 to give back to the hospital’s Children’s Services, which includes the NICU.

If you’d like to support MacKenzie’s Miles for Miracles and help her reach her goal to raise $1,000, please visit her online fundraising page. Every penny counts and every penny stays local to help kids, like MacKenzie. Thank you!