NCSF - News http://ncsplantfoundation.org/archives.html hourly 1 1970-01-01T00:00+00:00 Foundation helps Community Hospital Give Preemies a Fighting Chance http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675477 <p class="plain"><b><img width="400" daid="17874749" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/0ed/3b8/311/IMG_3214.JPG' height="258" border="0"></b></p><p class="plain"><b><br></b></p><p class="plain"><b>MUNSTER</b> |  When Nathan C. Splant arrived 15 weeks prematurely on Jan. 10, 2004 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Community Hospital, he weighed less than 2 pounds and was 12 inches long.</p><p class="plain">     Today, he is a healthy, happy 10-year-old, but his parents, Phil and Kimberly Splant, of St. John, have never forgotten the health care team that made their dream of having a child a reality.</p><p class="plain">     In gratitude, the Splant family continues to enhance the lives of those touched by prematurity through the auspices of the Nathan C. Splant Foundation. The foundation looks to make a significant difference in the lives of those born too early and too small through its grant giving program, special event fundraisers and Helping Hands for Preemies campaign.</p><p class="plain">     “If Nathan only realized what took place back then and how hard all these wonderful people worked on him,” Phil Splant said. “We are glad to be able to give back to help.”</p><p class="plain">     The latest donation, $2,500, will help Community Hospital nurses spread the message of safe sleep practices and also provide HALO SleepSacks™ to babies in the hospital’s NICU.</p><p class="plain">     “Our family couldn’t have done it without the dedication and compassion of all those involved with Nathan’s recovery – the doctors, nurses, therapists and special program aides,” Kim Splant said.</p><p class="plain">     Nurse educators, including Mary Puntillo, RNC-NIC, RNC-LRN, neonatal clinician at Community Hospital, have been spreading the message of safe sleeping methods for babies in an effort to move Lake County out of the position as the Indiana county with the highest number of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths.  SUIDs, for the most part, are preventable and are a result of unsafe sleep practices.</p><p class="plain">     “Safe sleep practices are taught from the get go,” Puntillo said. “We are committed to spreading the message of “baby ‘Back’ to Sleep; By Myself; in a Naked Crib.” New moms are seeing it; hearing it from the moment baby is born, and we’re teaching it in our communities with Taking Care of Baby and Grandparent classes,” Puntillo said.</p><p class="plain"><br></p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2014-01-27T18:50:33-08:00 Foundation helps Community Hospital Give Preemies a Fighting Chance Grant Awarded http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675486 <p class="plain"><b>JOLIET, IL - December 13, 2012 - </b>The Foundation was selected and recognized for our notable contributions to the community and awarded a $2,000 grant through the R.A.C.E. grant process in conjunction with Chicagoland Speedway 501c3 Foundation.</p><p class="plain"> </p><p class="plain"><img width="400" daid="17874754" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/0ed/3b8/311/NathanCSplantFoundation.JPG' height="250" border="0"></p><p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">Pictured Nicole Meagher, Phil Splant, Kimberly Splant and Scott Paddock</font></p><p class="plain"> </p><p class="plain">The grant will provide HALO Sleepsacks for babies in the NICU through our Halo Project and Prematurity Awareness Campaign.</p><p class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2012-12-13T14:38:25-08:00 Grant Awarded Helping Hands for Preemies http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675469 <p class="plain">     Every year, 543,000 babies - one out of eight - are born prematurely.  Making prematurity the leading cause of death among newborns.</p> <p align="left" class="plain">     As part of the Foundation's Prematurity Awareness Month initiatives,<img width="150" align="right" daid="17874736" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/180/008/180/Helping-Hands-for-Preemies.jpg' style="margin: 15px 0px 15px 15px;float: right" height="110" border="0"> the Foundation is hosting a "Helping Hands for Preemies" campaign throughout the months of October and November and accepting applications for its "grant giving program" to any person or family throughout Northwest Indiana (Lake and Porter County) and Cook County of Illinois facing a burden resulting from a premature birth (14 weeks gestation to 36 weeks gestation).  Applications and eligibility information is available on-line at <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.ncsplantfoundation.org/grants.html">http://www.ncsplantfoundation.org/grants.html</a></p> <p class="plain">     The Foundation has once again partnered with Culver's to support this program and raise prematurirty awareness in the Schererville and Valparaiso locations throughout the month of October.  Culver's in <img width="150" align="left" daid="17874737" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/38a/0ab/25c/Culver-s-Family-Day-Coupon.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="125" border="0">Schererville will also include a "Family Day" on November 15th to celebrate Prematurity Awareness Day throughout the world.  10% of the proceeds (with a meal purchase and submission of a coupon) will benefit the Foundation to enhance this program.</p> <p class="plain">     The local business community (Advanced Dental - Dyer, Bottom's Up,  Culver's - Schererville, Engine Room, Spanky's Bar & Grill and White Rhino) will also be participating throughout the month of November - Prematurity Awarness Month.  Participating businesses will offer a handprint cut-out in recognition to individuals who make a donation.</p> <p class="plain">    Proceeds from the Helping Hands for Preemies program will enhance our Halo Sleepsack Project.  And help spread the message of safe sleep practices by providing HALO SleepSacksTM for micro-preemie babies in the <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.ncsplantfoundation.org/blog.html#">Neonatal</a> Intensive Care Unit of local hospitals.</p> <p class="plain">    Please consider making a <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.paypal.com/" class="plain">donation</a> today and join us to make a difference to those born too early and too small.</p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2012-10-02T11:15:07-07:00 Helping Hands for Preemies NICU Babies Sleeping with HALOs http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675488 <p class="plain">     MUNSTER - Nurse educators at  Community Hospital are raising greater community awareness of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths<img align="right" daid="17874756" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/180/008/180/4f319b647f2bc_preview-300.jpg' style="margin: 15px 0px 15px 15px;float: right" border="0"> because of caring parents Kim and Philip Splant and a contribution from the Nathan C. Splant Foundation.</p> <p class="plain">     A $2,500 donation from the Splant Foundation will help spread the message of safe sleep practices and provide HALO SleepSacksTM for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Community Hospital, where the Splant's son, Nathan, was born prematurely, weighing only 1 lb. 9 oz.</p> <p class="plain">     "We're taking this opportunity to give back," said dad Philip Splant, of St. John.  "We hope that others will beneft from our story - our miracle."</p> <p class="plain">     Hospital nurses first sprang into action after discovering a sobering statistic - in 2009, Lake County recorded the highest number of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths in the state.</p> <p class="plain">     SUIDS, for the most part, are preventable and are a result of unsafe sleep practices, according to First Candle, on of the nation's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the survival of babies through the first years of life.  First Candle recommends a wearable blanket, called a HALO SleepSack TM to help reduce risk factors associated with SUIDS and replace loose blankets in a crib.</p> <p class="plain">     Neonatal nurse clinician Mary Puntillo has been helping spread the message of "baby 'Back' to Sleep; By Myself; in a Naked Crib" in the hospital's nurseries and in classes offered to the public.</p> <p class="plain">     Today, Nathan Splant is a healthy, happy 8-year old.  "Our family coundn't have done in it without the dedication and compassion of all those involved with Nathan's recovery - the doctors, nurses, thereapists and special program aides," mom Kim Splant said.</p> <p class="plain">     in appreciation, the Splant family returns to Community Hospital to make special deliveries on behalf of the Nathan C. Splant Foundation.</p> <p class="plain">     To register for upcoming Taking Care of Baby or Today's New Grandparent classess through the hospital call 219.836.3477 or visit <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.comhs.org/community/classes.asp">www.comhs.org/community/classes.asp</a>.  </p> <p class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2012-02-10T09:34:37-08:00 NICU Babies Sleeping with HALOs Risk of Autism is Five Times Higher in Low-Birth Weight Babies http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675484 <div align="left" class="plain"> <p class="plain">     Low-birth weight babies are at risk for all sorts of motor and cognitive delays, and researchers have just added autism to the list. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania finds that premature babies weighing less than 4.5 lbs. at birth are five times more likely than babies born at a normal weight to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).</p> <p class="plain">     Routine screening for ASD is especially critical in light of medical advances that regularly save babies as little as 1 lb. "It's a public health red flag," says Jennifer Pinto-Martin, director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and the study's lead author. "We have a wave of these children coming down the pike because neonatal care has improved so dramatically. We are saving more and more babies, and the consequences for their health are going to be profound."</p> <p class="plain">     The conclusions, which are published Monday in the journal <i>Pediatrics,</i> are the results of a study that began more than two decades ago. Researchers initially followed 1,105 children who were born in three New Jersey counties between 1984 and 1987, some of whom weighed just a pound at birth.</p> <p class="plain"><b>     MORE:</b> <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/15/autism-affects-far-more-siblings-than-suspected/">For Siblings of Autistic Kids, Risk Is Far Higher Than Thought</a></p> <p class="plain">Researchers evaluated the children at ages 2, 6, 9, 16 and 21, looking each time at different outcomes — behavioral, academic and psychiatric, to name a few. At age 16, they screened the children for autism. What they found was surprising: 117 of the 623 children screened positive, while 506 screened negative.</p> <p class="plain">     "It was very high, and we thought we had a great opportunity to really evaluate them for autism with a diagnostic test," says Pinto-Martin, who is also a professor in the School of Nursing at Penn.</p> <p class="plain">     That's exactly what Martin did when the preemies turned 21. She was able to catch up with 70 of the 117 who had screened positive and 119 of the 506 who had been negative. It was important to evaluate both groups thoroughly using diagnostic tests because screening tools are not 100% accurate.</p> <p class="plain">     They wound up with a total of 14 cases of ASD, which equates to five times the rate of autism reported in the general population. "CDC data says it's about 1% in 8-year-olds, and we found it to be 5% in 21-year-olds," says Pinto-Martin.</p> <p class="plain"><b>     MORE:</b> <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/19/could-the-way-we-mate-and-marry-boost-rates-of-autism/">Could the Way We Mate and Marry Boost Rates of Autism?</a></p> <p class="plain">Alycia Halladay, director of environmental research for Autism Speaks, said the study was particularly interesting because it focused on older children as opposed to most autism research, which looks at younger kids. "What's interesting is the 16-year-olds showed a very different profile than other children," says Halladay. "These kids, on average, tended to have  a higher IQ than a different study that tracked all kids with autism. So maybe low-birthweight children have a different developmental course."</p> <p class="plain">     It's possible that children born at low birthweights have a variety of additional disabilities — language disorders, for example, or mental retardation — that have may have masked an ASD diagnosis in the years before autism awareness increased. To make sure cases of autism aren't overlooked, Pinto-Martin advises routine screening for ASD be institutionalized as part of pediatric primary care. At Penn, researchers are working on using trained pediatric nurses in this role.</p> <p class="plain">     "There's so much that needs to fit into a pediatric visit that developmental concerns may not get brought up," she says. "The same way we make sure every kid gets screened for hearing, we need to make sure that every kid gets screened for autism spectrum disorders."</p> <p class="plain">Parents, for their part, shouldn't be overly alarmed, but they should be certain to have their child evaluated as they develop. "Five percent is not 50% but if you a suspicion as a parent, you are probably right. Don't take wait-and-see as an answer," says Pinto-Martin.</p>     Read more: <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://healthland.time.com/2011/10/17/risk-of-autism-is-five-times-greater-in-low-birthweight-babies/#ixzz1b9tMlNg8">http://healthland.time.com/2011/10/17/risk-of-autism-is-five-times-greater-in-low-birthweight-babies/#ixzz1b9tMlNg8</a></div> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-10-18T11:21:32-07:00 Risk of Autism is Five Times Higher in Low-Birth Weight Babies Very Preterm Kindergartners Face Learning Challenges http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675491 <p class="plain"><b>     NEW YORK (Reuters Health)</b> - Kindergartners who were born extremely prematurely are much more likely to have learning problems than their peers who were born at term, even if they do not have overall intellectual impairment, new research shows.</p> <p class="plain">     Yet more than a third of children in the study with learning problems were not enrolled in special education programs, Dr. H. Gerry Taylor of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland and his colleagues found.</p> <p class="plain">     The results underscore the importance of continuing to track these children as they reach preschool and school age, to monitor them for learning difficulties and provide interventions as needed, Dr. Taylor told Reuters Health.</p> <p class="plain">     Children born before 28 weeks of pregnancy or weighing less than 1,000 grams now routinely survive, but with a high risk of developmental problems, the researchers write in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.</p> <p class="plain">     Their study focused on 148 extremely preterm children born at their center from 2001 to 2003 and a comparison group of 111 classmates who were born at term and at normal birth weight.</p> <p class="plain">     The preemies had lower average scores on spelling and math tests, the researchers found.</p> <p class="plain">     Just over half of them weren't testable or did not reach basic levels in arithmetic, compared to 21 percent of the kindergartners in the comparison group. And teachers were four times as likely to rate the preterm kids as having substandard learning progress in written languages, and seven times as likely to give them substandard learning progress reports in math.</p> <p class="plain">     Among the 70 preemies who scored below 85 -- with 85 to 115 considered the "normal" range -- on one or more achievement tests, 26 did not have an individual education plan.</p> <p class="plain">     In the extremely preterm kids, delayed development at 20 months was a risk factor for learning problems in kindergarten, Taylor noted. Other risk factors for learning problems in these children included a poorer family and being born before 25 weeks of pregnancy.</p> <p class="plain">     "The study was designed to really focus on kindergarten because of the importance of identifying problems early and hopefully intervening to stave off problems that might develop," Taylor said.</p> <p class="plain">     He added that performance in kindergarten is the best way to predict future academic success. "I'd prefer that we go back even further and start working with these kids on their developmental skills as preschoolers."</p> <p class="plain">     Frequently, Taylor said, health providers stop following preemies by the time they are two or three years old.</p> <p class="plain">     "There can occur a kind of disconnect at that point," he added. "Families may not always be aware of the need for continued follow-up as the kids approach school age."</p> <p class="plain">     Taylor said one way to ensure continued monitoring for these children is to make sure they have a "medical home." And keeping track of them at school would not be difficult.</p> <p class="plain">     "Teachers are actually quite aware of children's learning problems," he explained. "A very effective way to screen would be simply to ask how children are progressing in the curriculum."</p> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">SOURCE: http://bit.ly/pk58K8 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, September, 2011.</font></p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-10-13T09:42:45-07:00 Very Preterm Kindergartners Face Learning Challenges How Long Do the Effects of Being Born Premature Last http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675495 <p class="plain">     The longest-running U.S. study of the effects of being born premature is a mixed bag of bad and good news:  while the effects of prematurity can persist into adulthood, babies born too early are largely evolving into children and adults who are remarkably resilient.</p> <p class="plain">     On the one hand, premature babies struggle more in school and social situations, are less healthy and stand a greater chance of having heart-related problems as adults.  But despite that, premature babies are also driven to succeed, a characteristic that can be encouraged by nurturing parents and supportive school environments.</p> <p class="plain">     Some of the preliminary findings from the latest phase of research include:</p> <ul> <li class="plain">Babies who suffered medical and neurological effects of pre-term birth had up to a 32% increased risk of asthma, vision problems and trouble with fine motor and hand-eye coordination.</li> <li class="plain">Babies born weighing less than 2.2 pounds had worse pulmonary outcomes and higher resting blood pressure than those who were heavier.</li> <li class="plain">Data from children who were age 17 suggests that the pre-term group has poorer health, growth and neurological outcomes than those who were born full term.</li> <li class="plain">Being a boy and a of low birth weight affects breathing when they reach early adulthood.</li></ul> <p class="plain">     Even pre-term babies who don't have significant medical or neurological conditions are unlikely to escape some impact of prematurity.  They don't seem to have as many friends as healthy, full-term babies.  Boys, in particular, struggle more in school.</p> <p class="plain">     Learning disabilities, for example, may not manifest themselves until at least second grade.  At least 30% of premature infants needed special academic accommodations at some point during their time in school.</p> <p class="plain">     Pre-term babies with parents who advocated for them in school also did better academically, socially and physically.  Parents who are observant, but not overprotective, are the most effective advocates for their children when it comes to negotiating the health-care and school systems in order to help their child get the services they need.</p> <p class="plain">     Being born premature may put kids at a slight disadvantage when it comes to certain developmental milestones, but that doesn't mean they can't make up for them with the proper support.</p> <p class="plain">Find this article in its complete at:</p> <p class="plain"><a link="" target="_blank" href="http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/01/how-long-do-the-effects-of-prematurity-last-until-adulthood-study-finds/">http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/01/how-long-do-the-effects-of-prematurity-last-until-adulthood-study-finds/</a></p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-08-02T11:51:16-07:00 How Long Do the Effects of Being Born Premature Last Indiana State Health Improvement Plan http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675485 <p class="plain">INDIANAPOLIS - The five-year Indiana State Health Improvement Plan focuses on several health priorities, as well as key improvements that, when achieved, will significantly impact the health in Indiana.  Goals and objectives relating to these priorities, as well as suggested strategies comprise the health improvement plan.</p> <p class="plain">     The six health priorities are - assuring food safety, reducing healthcare associated infections, and reducing the burden of HIV, sexually transmitted disease's, and Viral Hepatitis, as well as <b><i>infant mortality</i></b>, obesity and tobacco. use.</p> <p align="left" class="plain"></p> <p class="plain">     Infant mortality represents what is determined to have significant influence on health and illness in Indiana and align with selected Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health priorities as identified by Dr. Thomas Frieden.  In addition, each is influenced by associated behavioral, environmental, and social contextual factors.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <ul> <li class="plain"><font class="plainsmall"><b>Reduce Infant Mortality by decreasing the percentage of preterm births in Indiana</b></font></li></ul> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall"><b>INFANT MORTALITY RATES IN INDIANA</b></font></p> <p align="left" class="plain"></p> <p class="plain"></p> <table width="409" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="7" border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">          </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">1998 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">1999</font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">2000 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">2001 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">2002 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">2003 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">2004 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">2005 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">2006 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">2007</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p class="plain"></p> <p align="left" class="plain"></p> <p class="plain"></p> <table width="397" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="7" border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">Total </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">7.5   </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">7.8   </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">7.7    </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">7.6    </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">7.6   </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">7.4    </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">8.1 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">8.0 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">7.9 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">7.5 </font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">White </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.3 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.8 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.7 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.8 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.5 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.4 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.9 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.9 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.4 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">6.5 </font></p></td></tr> <tr> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">Black </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">17.1 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">17.0 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">15.9 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">13.6 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">15.6 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">15.9 </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">17.1  </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">16.9  </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">18.1  </font></p></td> <td width="9%" valign="top" class="plain"> <p class="plain"><font class="plainsmall">15.7  </font></p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p class="plain"></p> <p class="plain"><i><font class="plainsmall"><i>Rates per 1,000 live births</i></font></i></p> <p class="plain"><i><font class="plainsmall"><i>Source:  Indiana State Department of Health, Epiemiology Resource Center,</i></font></i></p> <p class="plain"><i><font class="plainsmall"><i>Data Analysis Team</i></font></i></p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">     Infant mortality rates in Indiana are some of the highest in the nation.  An increase in overall infant mortality rates in Indiana occurred from 1998 to 2004, with a steady decline more recently from 2004 to 2007.  White infant mortality rates demonstrate a similar trend, peaking at a rate of 6.9 infants per 1,000 in 2004 and 2005, with a decline to 6.5 in 2007.  Black infant mortality rates, however, continue to reveal significant disparities.  While overall black infant mortality rates have decreased from 17.1 to 15.7 over the past decade, the nearly triple rate when compared to white is a significant concern in Indiana.  The neonatal period remains paramount with regard to efforts to reduce infant mortality in the state, as a significant number of infant deaths during this period may be prevented with preconception and prenatal care.</p> <p class="plain">     In addition, Indiana has one of the highest smoking rates during pregnancy of all states.  Likewise, almost 11% of births in Indiana are preterm and nearly 9% of infants born in Indiana are of low birth weight.</p> <p class="plain">     The Indiana State Health Improvement Plan can be viewed at <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.statehealth.in.gov/">www.statehealth.in.gov</a>.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-07-28T09:29:13-07:00 Indiana State Health Improvement Plan Racing for Babies Fundraiser http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675475 <p class="plain"><b>Schererville, IN  -June 25, 2011) -</b> Despite the chance for rain, the Racing for Babies fundraiser was a great success!  On behalf of the Nathan C. Splant Foundation and the #52 Late Model, we would like to say <b>"</b><b><i><b>TH</b></i><i><b>ANK</b></i><i><b> </b></i><i><b>Y</b></i><i><b>OU"!</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p align="center" class="plain"><img width="240" daid="17874747" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/0ed/3b8/311/duckuntitled1.jpg' height="160" border="0"></p> <p align="center" class="plain"><b><a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubnz_racin/sets/72157626927576551/with/5873042849/"><b>Click for Picture Slide Show</b><b> </b></a></b></p> <p class="plain"><b> </b><b>     </b>A special thanks to Mike Mikuly, Rhonda and Illiana Motor Speedway for hosting the event.  In addition, we would also like to extend our appreciation to Karen Miller, Jeremy (track announcer), family, friends, the volunteers, the "Crew", Sponsor a Lap Donations, Hooters of Schererville, Texas Roadhouse (food donation), U-Haul/Chicago Assembly (truck donation) and Five Star Race Car Bodies (race car hood donation).</p> <p class="plain">      We would also like to acknowledge and thank the event T-Shirt Sponsors:</p> <blockquote> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>Chicago</b></i><i><b>'s Finest Ironworks</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>Community</b></i><i><b> </b></i><i><b>Hospital</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>Continental Languages, LLC</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>In Memory of JImmy Miller</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>Midwest</b></i><i><b> Orthopedics</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>Milne Supply</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>QSC Design</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>Pick-ups Bar & Grill</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>Schepel Buick GMC</b></i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i><b>White Rhino Bar & Grill</b></i></b></p></blockquote> <p class="plain"><b> </b><b>     </b>We would also like to thank the following businesses for their event donations:</p> <p class="plain"><i>     Avon - Sandy Justice Rep, Build-A-Bear, Bulls/White Sox Training Academy, Butterfingers, Cabella's, Casey's General Store, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Wolves, Coldstone Creamery, Culver's of Schererville, Deep River Waterpark, Disney Parks, Easy Clean Car Wash, Express Care, Family Flyer, Fathead, Hands On Car Wash, Holiday World, Hoosier Racing Tires, Indianapolis Colts, Lisa Thomas Salon, Museum of Science & Industry, Park Lane Hobbies, Penske Racing, RaceDriverCards.com, Railcats, Shedd Aquarium, Starbuck's, Strack & Van Til,  The Times - Marlene Zloza, Talladega Speedway and Walt’s Food Center.</i></p> <p class="plain">      See you next year!</p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-06-27T14:26:32-07:00 Racing for Babies Fundraiser Racer Makes Stop at Lincoln Elementary http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675494 <p class="plain">CEDAR LAKE | Forget Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, Lincoln Elementary School students had their own celebrity last week.</p> <p class="plain">     Nathan Splant, a first-grader at the Cedar Lake school, topped everyone at "show-and-tell" by bringing his dad, Philip Splant, a local businessman and part-time race car driver.</p> <p class="plain">    <img width="200" align="left" daid="17874762" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/2f3/3b4/1c4/Signing-Autographs-from-the-Times.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="150" border="0"> Youngsters gathered around the driver and his No. 52 racer in the school parking lot to hear about what it's like to drive fast in a cool car. Splant talked about the equipment he uses and the car, and patiently signed autographs.</p> <p class="plain">     The annual visit also promoted the Nathan C. Splant Foundation's Fifth Annual Racing for Babies fundraiser, set for Saturday at Illiana Motor Speedway, 7211 U.S. 30, Schererville. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the first race begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 and children under 7 are admitted free.</p> <p class="plain">     Click her for complete newspaper article details <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/cedar-lake/article_169237af-44a0-5f74-a682-ebf19858a3ef.html">http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/cedar-lake/article_169237af-44a0-5f74-a682-ebf19858a3ef.html</a></p> <p class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-05-26T12:58:16-07:00 Racer Makes Stop at Lincoln Elementary Invitation to Purdue University Calumet http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675455 <p class="plain"><b>HAMMOND, IN  (May 3, 2011) -  </b>Purdue University Calumet and the Experiential Learning Program EXL students invited the Foundation for a presentation of their Cell Phone Drive business plan.</p> <p class="plain">     The EXL<a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.calumet.purdue.edu/exl" class="plain"><img width="175" align="right" daid="17874722" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/0ed/3b8/311/puc-logo.gif' style="margin: 15px 0px 15px 15px;float: right" height="100" border="0"></a> students (Summer, Tayo, Paul, Cory and Alexa) selected the Foundation for their Learning Program to develop an effective project to help build stronger communities and promote leadership development in an atmosphere conducive to learning outside the confines of campus.  "It was an opportunity for the Foundation to partner with the students and the University to encourage professionalism by assisting the students in developing human relations skills, decision-making abilities and handling time management issues" said Kim Splant.</p> <p class="plain">     Their business plan was very effective utilizing the social media (Facebook) resulting in collecting 240 cell phones for the Foundation.</p> <p class="plain">    It was a pleasure working with Summer, Tayo, Paul, Cory and Alexa and we look forward to future involvement with Purdue Cal.</p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-05-10T14:46:11-07:00 Invitation to Purdue University Calumet Racing for Babies http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675479 <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">The Nathan C. Splant Foundation’s Fifth Annual Racing for Babies has been rescheduled for Saturday, <b>June 25</b><b>, 2011</b>.  Please join us and help support premature children and families.<img width="150" align="right" daid="17874751" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/23a/141/34c/NCSF-with-Racing-for-Babies.jpg' style="margin: 15px 0px 15px 15px;float: right" height="75" border="0"></p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">Racing for Babies will once again be held at <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.illianaspeedway.com/" class="plain">Illiana Motor Speedway</a>.  The track is located at 7211 U.S. 30, Schererville, Indiana.  Gates open at 4 p.m. and the first race will be at 7 p.m.  Admission is $12 and children under 7 are free.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">Each year, the Foundation welcomes supporters and guests to the Racing for Babies, offering donated auction items for bidding along with event t-shirt purchases, face painting and special guest appearances.  In 2010, we added the “Racing for a Cause and Give Five Program" which gave everyone the opportunity – the day of the event - to autograph the race car hood, donated by Five Star, with a donation.  This was a great success and will be available once again.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">This year, the #52 Super Late Model Race Team will feature a show car - on the midway - dedicated  to help raise prematurity awareness in combination with their Racing for a Cause efforts.  So bring your camera for a picture with the race car.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">For the past five years, with the support of generous event sponsors, local businesses and individuals like you, the Foundation has raised thousands of dollars for premature children and their families.  Please help us continue to reach out to as many local children and families as possible through this event by joining us on May 28th.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">The Foundation is also offering the following opportunities to support the event:</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <blockquote> <p class="plain"><a link="" target="_self" href="/documents.html" class="plain">Event T-Shirt Sponsorship</a> – a minimum $200 donation (name/business listed on the back of the Event T-shirts).</p> <p class="plain"><a link="" target="_self" href="/documents.html" class="plain">Sponsor a Lap</a> – a minimum $25 donation (name/business listed on the racing division Event Banner).</p> <p class="plain"><a link="" target="_self" href="/documents.html" class="plain">Silent Auction Items</a> - Click on the Donated Goods Form <a link="" target="_self" href="/documents.html" class="plain">here</a> for more details.</p></blockquote> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">The Foundation’s contribution truly makes a difference in the lives of the children, their families and to our community.  The Nathan C. Splant Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), nonprofit organization and donations are fully tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">For additional information about the Nathan C. Splant Foundation, the Racing for Babies Fundraiser, Grant Giving Program or volunteer opportunities, please contact Kim Splant, 219.365.5800 or <a link="" target="_blank" href="mailto:ksplant@ncsplantfoundation.org">ksplant@ncsplantfoundation.org</a>.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">See you at the race track!</p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-04-06T11:50:18-07:00 Racing for Babies Giving & Getting http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675462 <p align="center" class="plain"><i><font class="customtext2">When you volunteer, you do good for others.  But also for yourself.</font></i></p> <p class="plain"></p> <p class="plain"><img width="180" align="left" daid="17874727" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/180/008/180/13096213747_XV4wZ.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="100" border="0">No one will say it doesn't feel good to be on the receiving end of a gift, a kind gesture or a helping hand.  But there are experiences in life that demonstrate that it really is better to give then to receive.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">Volunteering is one of those experiences.  Knowing we're contributing to the community increases our sense of well-being.  It makes us feel happy and helps us appreciate some of the smaller things in life and how important they are to us - things that we may take for granted.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <ul> <ul> <li class="plain">Helping Can Be Healing</li> <li class="plain">Making a Positive Example</li> <li class="plain">Sense of Purpose</li> <li class="plain">An Invaluable Impact</li></ul></ul> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">Studies have shown that being happy has measurable health benefits, such as a strengthened immune system.  Other research demonstrates that volunteering, in particular, may be good for your health.  A study released by the Corporate for National and Community Service reported decreased rates of depression and greater longevity among people who volunteer. </p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">The most compelling evidence is the stories of actual volunteers, who can personally attest to what they've received by giving of themselves.  Anyone can volunteer and everyone should, even if it's just for an hour.  </p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">You can make difference!  Contact us at <a link="" target="_blank" href="mailto:info@ncsplantfoundation.org">info@ncsplantfoundation.org</a> for upcoming opportunities.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-03-24T14:22:20-07:00 Giving & Getting Spring Break-thru http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675461 <p class="plain"><a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www,purduecal.edu/" class="plain"><img width="425" daid="17874726" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/080/135/3c7/Spring-Break-for-Purdue-Cal.jpg' height="150" border="0"></a></p> <p class="plain">In an effort to help build stronger communities and promote leadership development, Purdue University Calumet and its student body have developed the "Excel Program,"  a community service program designed to place undergraduate students in an atmosphere conducive to learning outside the confines of campus.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">In the upcoming weeks, a group of Purdue Cal undergraduate students (Timitayo Tele-Edundayo, Yuting Lee, Paul Karlin, Cory Saxsma and Alexa Krygier) will be utilizing their leadership skills by organizing a cell phone drive that will benefit the <b>Nathan C. Splant Foundation.</b>  In addition to classmates and friends, the group of five, will reach out to current employers and local establishments to create multiple drop box locations for individuals to recycle their cell phones.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">By setting up very specific targeted marketing strategies, the group believes that they have the ability to influence individuals in their school and community.  This program will run during spring break - March 14-18th.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-03-07T14:08:17-08:00 Spring Break-thru Spring Into Action http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675456 <p class="plain"><img width="185" align="left" daid="17874723" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/2d7/290/360/50234_179321785411961_1930112_n.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="253" border="0"></p> <p class="plain">It is time to <b>Get Involved </b>for the 2nd Annual <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.spring-into-action.org/" class="plain">Spring into Action </a>Volunteer Fair.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain"><b><font class="plainsmall"><b>Saturday, March 5, 2011</b></font></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><font class="plainsmall"><b>10 a.m. - 3 p.m.</b></font></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><font class="plainsmall"><b>Crown Point High School Cafeteria</b></font></b></p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">The Foundation will take part in this volunteer fair, which will give us the opportunity to let the public know more about our community organization.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">Together, we can build a better community here in Northwest Indiana.  Join us and more than 47 area nonprofit organizations.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">Event is sponsored by the Crown Point Community Foundation.  You can register for this event on Facebook   <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/CrownPointCommunityFoundation">http://www.facebook.com/CrownPointCommunityFoundation</a>.</p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2011-02-16T11:15:08-08:00 Spring Into Action Festival of Lights http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675474 <p class="plain"><b><img width="175" align="left" daid="17874742" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/180/008/180/10830727332_bvDs8.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="200" border="0">FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26 - </b>Join us this Friday, November 26th, at Prairie West Park along 93rd Avenue, St. John, for the Festival of Lights - Official Tree Lighting Ceremony.  There will be entertainment, the "Holiday Train", cookies and hot chocolate.  The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and include Santa's arrival.  Bring you camera!</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">We would like to thank Girl Scout Troop 183 for volunteering their time, this past weekend, and completing the "tree trimming" design in hues of baby blue and pretty pink.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">Here is a sneak preview of the Foundation's decorated tree.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain"><img width="130" daid="17874743" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/0ed/3b8/311/DSCN2253.JPG' style="border: 3px solid #" height="150" border="3">   <img width="75" daid="17874744" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/2f3/3b4/1c4/DSCN2250.JPG' style="border: 3px solid #" height="85" border="3">    <img width="125" daid="17874745" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/180/008/180/DSCN2256.JPG' style="border: 3px solid #" height="150" border="3">  <img width="100" alt="" daid="17874746" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/180/008/180/DSCN2249.JPG' style="border: 3px solid #" title="" height="85" border="3"></p> <p align="center" class="plain">Megan, Kaylin, Nicole and Nathan</p> <p align="left" class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2010-11-22T12:45:26-08:00 Festival of Lights Prematurity Awareness Month http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675464 <p class="plain">Every year, 543,000 babies - one out of eight - are born prematurely.  Making prematurity the leading cause of death among newborns.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">As part of our Prematurity Awareness Month initiatives, the Nathan C. Splant Foundation is hosting a <i>"Helping Hands for Preemies"</i> Campaign throughout the month of November.  This care package program was developed to help local families in the neonatal intensive care unit of local hospitals.  Care packages will include information about Preemies, local resources, support and items for the Preemie (i.e. blankets/sleepers).</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">The Foundation is also very excited to have Graham's Foundation (<a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.grahamsfoundation.org/">www.GrahamsFoundation.org</a>), a charitable organization founded in 2009 by Nick and Jennifer Hall, provide suppor to this campaign as well.  The Grahams Foundation assembles and sends care packages designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of parents of micro-preemie babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">The local business community (Avon, Buffa Louie's, Bottom's Up, Calumet Harley, Classy Cuts, Engine Room, Pick Ups Bar & Grill and Spanky's Bar & Grill) is also participating.  Participating businesses will offer a hand print cutout in recognition to individuals who make a $1 contribution.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">Join us today, to make a difference to those born to early and too small.  Making a $1 donation will help us meet our goal.  Please <a link="" target="_self" href="/prematurity_awareness_campaign.html" class="plain">donate</a> today!</p> <p class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2010-11-17T09:24:59-08:00 Prematurity Awareness Month Grant Giving Program http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675482 <p class="plain">The Nathan C. Splant Foundation is pleased to announce their grant giving program.  Founded in 2007, the Foundation is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to helping local children/families affected by prematurity.  Through the Foundation's assistance and grant giving program, we seek to facilitate greater community awareness and improve the conditions of those born too early and too small.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">As part of this effort, the Foundation is accepting applications for its grant giving program to any person or family throughout Northwest Indiana (Lake and Porter County) and Cook County of Illinois facing a burden resulting from a premature birth (14 weeks gestation to 36 weeks gestation).  Applications are available on-line at <a link="" target="_blank" href="http://www.ncsplantfoundation.org/documents.html">www.ncsplantfoundation.org/documents.html</a>, by calling 219.365.5800 or via email to <a link="" target="_blank" href="mailto:info@ncsplantfoundation.org">info@ncsplantfoundation.org</a>.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2010-11-16T13:12:38-08:00 Grant Giving Program Latino Resource Fair http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675468 <p class="plain"><b><img width="175" align="left" daid="17874735" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/38a/0ab/25c/Latino-Resource-Fair.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="200" border="0">SATURDAY, OCT 2 (Hammond) </b>- Join us this Saturday, October 2, for the <b><i>2010 Latino Resource Fair </i></b>at Washington Irving Elementary School, 4727 Pine Street, Hammond from 10 to 3 p.m..</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">This is one of the largest fairs, if not the only Hispanic resource fair in the region, where families can attend and receive information on health, social work, finance, and education resources.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">The Foundation has been invited on behalf of the Hammond Hispanic Community Committee to make sure the community is aware of the resources available to them through the Foundation.  There will also be entertainment, food, and face painting - free of charge to the community.  For additional information, please call 219.932.4800 or e-mail <a link="" target="_blank" href="mailto:hhcchammond@yahoo.com">hhcchammond@yahoo.com</a>.</p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2010-09-30T08:11:38-07:00 Latino Resource Fair Riding for Babies http://ncsplantfoundation.org/pc_url_38675496 <p class="plain"><b><img width="150" align="left" daid="17874763" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/180/008/180/Riding-for-Babies-Banner.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="75" border="0">SUNDAY, SEPT 19 (St. John) - </b>Overcast skies and a possibility of rain was the forecast, but Mother Nature filled the sky with sunshine and blue skies for the 4th Annual <b><i>"Riding for Babies" </i></b>Motorcycle Run at St. John's Pub.  Over 65 motorcycles participated in the event and with your generous support, over $3,500 was raised to benefit premature children and their families.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain"><img width="125" daid="17874764" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/180/008/180/DSCN2021.JPG' style="border: 10px solid #" height="100" border="10"><img width="175" alt="" daid="17874765" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/312/088/108/DSCN2054.JPG' style="border: 10px solid #" title="" height="125" border="10"><img width="125" daid="17874766" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/080/135/3c7/DSCN1990.JPG' style="border: 10px solid #" height="100" border="10"></p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">We are especially grateful to all those who participated to help make this annual event such a great success including the donations, time and efforts contributed.  Events like these are the core to the Foundation's success and give us the opportunity to help local premature children and their families.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">A very special thanks to Big Mike, Betty, Skye, St. John's staff, Pick-Ups Bar & Grill, TRAXX Bar & Grill, Marti's Place, Ricardo's Pizzeria & Pub, Miller Lite Girls, Northcoast Distributors, Jim Beam Girls, Law Tigers, BIAS Iron, QSC Design, Family, Friends, and the Volunteers.</p> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">The following businesses generously sponsored the Event T-Shirts:</p> <blockquote> <p class="plain"><b><i>Anker Trucking</i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i>China Doll</i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i>Cici's - Portage</i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i>Comprehensive Care</i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i>EK Express</i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i>Pick-Ups Bar & Grill</i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i>Ricardo's Pizzeria & Pub</i></b></p> <p class="plain"><b><i>Sheehy Well & Pump</i></b></p></blockquote> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">We would like to extend a sincere appreciation to the following businesses/individuals for their in-kind donations:</p> <blockquote> <p class="plain"><i>45th Street Tattoo Company, Amarillo Roadhouse, Aurelio's - Schererville, Avon - Rep Sandy Justice, Beggars Pizza - Dyer, Boston's, Calumet Harley, Cold Stone Creamery, Costco, Hair Cuttery, Ink-n-Um, J & M Golf, Grant's Appliances, LaQuesadilla Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, Round the Clock, Sacred Arts Studio's, Stan's Towing, Teibel's Target - St. John, Tilted Kilt, White's Pit Stop and Wine County Gift Baskets.</i></p></blockquote> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">An additional thank you to the Family Flyer and The Times who helped us advertise this event, the Sound Connection (DJ), and the delicious food donations on behalf of:</p> <blockquote> <p class="plain"><i>Calumet Bakery, Comfort's Catering, Edible Arrangements, Hog Haven, Rob's Meats, Pascals Pizzeria, Strack & Van Til, Texas Roadhouse and Shannon's Desserts.</i></p> <p class="plain"> </p></blockquote> <p class="plain"><i><img width="115" align="left" daid="17874767" src='//0104.nccdn.net/1_5/0ed/3b8/311/9876808501_6hprp.jpg' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="150" border="0">Lastly, <b>thank you</b> to the Volunteers:</i></p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <p class="plain"><i>Brian, Judy, Shannon, Diane, Ron, Cheerio, Crystal, Don, Joanne, Sandy, Melissa, Matt and Nate.  We couldn't do it without you!</i></p></blockquote></blockquote> <p class="plain"> </p> <p class="plain">We look forward to next year's 5th Anniversary of the Riding for Babies Event!</p> <p class="plain"> </p> Nathan C. Splant Foundation, Inc. 2010-09-23T14:01:58-07:00 Riding for Babies