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In this issue: SUMMER 2010

Welcome letter
Big dreams for tiny babies
The thrill of discovery
A joint effort
Born too soon
The nature of nurture
Steeplechase benefits Children's Hospital
Friends and fashion

 

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Steeplechase benefits Children's Hospital

By Jessica Ennis / June 2010

Three-year-old triplets Gabby, Gracie and Griff Ross, left to right, pose with their mother, Martha, Jonathan Gitlin, M.D., and their father, Tim, at the 2010 Iroquois Steeplechase. The triplets were named Steeplechase child Ambassadors. Photo by Joe Howell.Three-year-old triplets Gabby, Gracie and Griff Ross, left to right, pose with their mother, Martha, Jonathan Gitlin, M.D., and their father, Tim, at the 2010 Iroquois Steeplechase. The triplets were named Steeplechase child Ambassadors. Photo by Joe Howell.The 69th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase was held May 8 at Percy Warner Park.

Three-year-old triplets Griff, Gabby and Gracie Ross served as the 2010 Iroquois Steeplechase Child Ambassadors. Born almost 15 weeks prematurely, they were diagnosed with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), a lung disease that affects many premature babies, and have been treated at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Griff was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and has undergone several procedures at Children’s Hospital, including having shunts implanted to regulate cerebral fluid. He receives physical therapy at Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services.

“Vanderbilt has been a staple in our life since they were born,” said the triplets’ mother, Martha Ross. “We are so lucky to have the Children’s Hospital so close.”

More than $9 million has been raised for Children’s Hospital over the past 28 years of the Iroquois Steeplechase.

This year’s co-chairs were Sara Jo Houghland Gill and Jonathan D. Gitlin, M.D., James C. Overall Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. “I was deeply honored to serve as co-chair for this quintessential Nashville event that has supported Children’s Hospital for almost 30 years,” Gitlin said. “I am especially grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Sara Jo, whose father’s generosity of spirit made all of this possible.”

 


 

 

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