Some people want dinner out at one of Maine’s best restaurants for their birthday. Others are hoping for flowers and a card. Mary Beth Patnaude of Wells is asking her friends and family to donate to at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH). Just six weeks ago, her 14-year-old son, Aaron, was fighting for his life in BBCH’s pediatric intensive care unit. Patnaude wants to use her birthday to support other children who need life-saving care.
“Aaron was admitted to BBCH on Dec. 27 with what we thought was pneumonia. It turned out he had a rare and almost fatal infected chest cavity, known as a Pleural Empyema,” Patnaude said. “When someone asked what I wanted for my birthday, I said all I want is for Aaron to be well. BBCH gave me what I wished for, and now I want to give back.”
Aaron underwent three emergency surgeries to remove the infection and spent eight days hospitalized at BBCH. Thanks to the team of pediatric specialists at BBCH, he is expected to make a full recovery.
Patnaude is using the My Miracle Birthday website platform to collect donations. The website allows the birthday donor to personalize their fundraising page and share with friends and family via email or social media.
The amount that Patnaude raises in support of the children being treated at BBCH will be doubled, thanks to matching gift commitments from Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution and P&C Insurance.
“Every dollar makes a difference, and we are happy to partner with BBCH and others to assist in making these wishes come true,” said Bob Quentin, President and CEO of Saco & Biddeford Savings. “We hope our support encourages others to join in.”
Donations to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital through the My Miracle Birthday program enhance the care provided at Maine’s only children’s hospital through the purchase of pediatric medical equipment and by providing financial support for specialized programs, like Child Life.
Visit MMC.MyMiracleBirthday.org to learn how children, parents and community members can use their birthdays to help The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital provide life-saving care for local kids.
About The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research, and education. With more than 100,000 annual patient visits, the hospital offers services in cancer treatment, cardiology, neonatal care, and numerous other pediatric specialties. Maine’s only certified children’s hospital is designed with children in mind with state-of-the-art hospital equipment, specialty programs and spacious play areas. From well-child visits to specialized medical and surgical treatment of complex, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, BBCH offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient, family-centered care from an exceptional team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. For more information, visit www.bbch.org.
About Saco and Biddeford Savings
Founded in 1827, Saco & Biddeford Savings is Maine’s Oldest Bank with locations in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook. A leader in community banking, SBSI has contributed more than $3.8 million to area organizations over the last 10 years and continues to support the needs of the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.sbsavings.bank or on Twitter at @SBSavings and #InItTogether. Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
About P&C Insurance
Founded in 1928, P&C Insurance provides personal, business, financial insurance programs and advice, as well as providing employee benefits throughout Northern New England. The firm maintains the highest standard of service and is proud of its long-standing client relationships built on mutual responsibility and trust. Locally owned, with access to the finest national and regional insurance carriers and providers, P&C ensures customers have competitive products and pricing to fit clients’ budgets. For more information and locations visit www.insurancepc.com.