Racing for Babies is scheduled for FRIDAY, JUNE 28th at GRUNDY COUNTY SPEEDWAY, MORRIS, IL.

     For more information click Racing for Babies



      - RIDE FOR CHARITY - JULY 20th

     The Foundation will be hosting the "Ride for Charity" summer motorcycle run at Safe House in Crown Point.  The ride is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2019.  Registration is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Safe House, 101 S Court St, Crown Point, Indiana.  All are welcome!  Kickstands up at 11:00 a.m. and last ride in at 5:00 p.m.

     Registration is $20/ person and $10/ passenger.  The registration fee includes your meal ticket and prizes/giveaways.  Commemorative T-shirts will also be available for purchase @ $10 per shirt and a silent auction.

     If you would like to be a event t-shirt sponsor with your name or logo on the back of the t-shirts, please contact us.

     If you are unable to make the ride, but would like to join us for dinner – meal tickets can be purchased for $5 per ticket the day of the event.

     Proceeds will benefit the Nathan C. Splant Foundation - helping premature children and their families.  For additional information, please contact 219.365.5800.

Bench Donation in Honor of Henry

     The Nathan C. Splant Foundation donated a commemorative bench, made of 400 pounds of recycled plastic caps, in honor of Henry Penegor.  He was the son of Sarah and Eric Penegor, of Schererville.  The Foundation also donated $1,500 to Franciscan Health Crown Point Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where Henry died in 2012 after a premature birth.

     Click on the following link for the details of the newspaper article




 What is Premature Birth, and Why Is It So Dangerous?

     A baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature.  While prematurity might not seem like a life-threatening medical issue, research indicates that it is.  In fact, premature birth is the second leading cause of death among newborns worldwide, after pneumonia.  Dr. Joy Lawn, co-author of the Born Too Soon study, a study on premature birth trends worldwide, had this to say:  “Being born to soon is an unrecognized killer. There has been much progress in pneumonia [treatment and prevention], but preterm birth has not been on anyone’s ‘to do’ list.”

     Preterm birth can cause many different kinds of life-threatening complications for newborns. Respiratory issues like apnea are common among premature babies; so are heart and brain development issues, jaundice, anemia, and infection.

     Those babies who do survive premature birth are at greater risk for developing long-term, permanent complications as a result of being born too early. Those complications include permanent vision and hearing loss, chronic lung problems, cerebral palsy, and autism.

Who is Affected By Premature Birth?

    Premature birth is a global epidemic, according to new research.  It reflects pregnant mothers of every color and creed, in every county around the world.  Both underdeveloped and developed nations are at risk.

     While women in every country around the world are at risk for preterm birth, the rates of newborn survival after premature birth vary greatly from country to country. In developed nations, like the United States, for example, only about 10% of premature babies die as a result of their preterm birth. In underdeveloped nations, however, the rates can be much higher — as high as 90%. 

     This huge difference is a result of unequal access to quality medical care; babies born in developed nations are more likely to have higher quality medical care, while babies born in developing nations don’t. Those babies are far more likely to die of infection and malnutrition.

What Causes Premature Birth?

     The answer to this question isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Truth is, it depends on where you live.  In underdeveloped countries, premature birth is often caused by infection and disease. In developed nations, however, the causes are radically different. In developed countries like the U.S., preterm birth has been linked to obesity, by older age in mothers, and by pregnancy with multiples due to fertility treatments.

     Some risk factors depend on a mother’s location; others don’t. Stress, for example, crosses geographic and socioeconomic lines, and high levels of stress put a mother at risk for preterm delivery.

     Overall, factors that contribute to premature birth include:

  • Smoking during pregnancy
  • Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Poor prenatal care
  • Poor nutrition
  • Physical abnormalities of uterus
  • Pregnancy with multiples
  • High stress levels
  • Obesity and obesity-related conditions (high blood pressure)
  • Being underweight
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple miscarriages or abortions
  • Increased age of mother
  • Infection
  • Social factors related to mother (poverty, lack of education, etc.)
  • Early Cesarean sections

On January 3rd, the Foundation made a $2,500 donation to Community Hospital's NICU to provide Halo Sleepsacks for those born too early and too small.  "We are forever grateful to Community Hospital and all they do for premature babies and families" said Phil Splant.  The Foundation looks forward to many more years of giving back.

Our visit to the NICU also included Nathan's 10th year birthday celebration (born January 10th, 2004) with the nurses and doctors.

Here is the link to the newspaper article published in the Times


Since, 2007, we have continued to enhance the lives of those affected by prematurity with our grant giving program, special event fundraisers, Helping Hands for Preemies Campaign, Halo Sleepsack Program, NICU programs and the Caps to Bench Recycled Program.

Join us and make a difference with a charitable gift/ donation today that will provide financial support to local families and children born premature.

Thank you!!


Nathan C Splant Foundation Inc




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