Now in its third decade at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the annual NICU Reunion is a cherished tradition that reunites caregivers with the babies and families they cared for at their most fragile and vulnerable times. Held each year on a Saturday in September, the event on the CCC podium draws hundreds of families to celebrate the special bond they all share in a fun, family-centered atmosphere.
Among the attractions are a moon bounce, kids’ obstacle course, photo booth, face painting stations, ice cream and balloons, as well as a picnic lunch with cake. The afternoon rounds out with presentations of special awards, a speech from a thriving NICU graduate, a raffle prize draw of sports memorabilia donated by local sports teams, and group photos.
Many families participating have returned year after year. What makes it special is that they are surrounded by other families who have similarly navigated the trying experience of having a baby in the NICU. Every year on the day of the NICU Reunion, families can relax in a supportive environment, reconnect with their favorite doctors and nurses, and enjoy how far they have all come.
Photos generously provided by photographer and NICU Parent Stu Hubbard