Pickin’ for Preemies
Announcement from Pickin’ for Preemies:
Over the past few months, our community has seen events and gathering effected by coronavirus (COVID-19). At Cook Children’s our priority is and always has been the health and safety of our patients and our community members. That being said, and knowing that we will not be able to deliver the event experience that our fans have come to expect, Pickin’ for Preemies has been canceled.
While we won’t be seeing you in-person at Billy Bob’s Texas, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) babies still need your support this year. Last year, Pickin’ for Preemies raised $502,208 and each dollar made a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Your donations over the years have supported programming and services that improve and define these families’ experiences within our NICU.
COVID-19 has brought a new need: to connect our families to their babies in a virtual way while we have a one parent visitiation policy in place. Help us provide bedside cameras for each of the 106 rooms in our NICU. This will allow parents to see their baby anytime from anywhere. We would be grateful if you showed your support by making a donation in any of the following ways:
- A $3,000 gift to purchase one AngelEye camera here
- Purchase your Pickin’ for Preemies T-shirt here
- Purchase a special edition Pickin’ for Preemies face mask here
- Make a donation of any amount through the Pickin’ for Preemies website here
We will continue exploring different ways to rally behind our NICU, and you will be able to follow the latest updates on our Facebook page. As always, we appreciate your understanding and support.
About Pickin’ For Preemies
Pickin’ for Preemies is a Texas Red Dirt Country Music Event benefiting Cook Children’s tiniest patients in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).In 2005, after their own personal experience, Justin and Casey Frazell had an idea to combine their love for red dirt music with their passion to help premature babies. Thanks to the advanced care provided by Cook Children’s, the Frazells are able to watch their 10 and 13 year old children live healthy, happy lives. Thanks to advances in neonatal medicine, technologies, excellent outcomes and donor funding, Cook Children’s neonatal program is nationally recognized and state certified at the highest level. As the only Level IV NICU in Tarrant County, Cook Children’s has the technology and expertise to treat the sickest babies with the most difficult and complex diagnoses.More than 1,000 babies are admitted to our NICU each year. Cook Children’s uses 600 specialized preemie diapers a day in the NICU, an average of 219,000 diapers a year! However, diapers are just one of many components to caring for these fragile babies. They also need specialized equipment, beds and medicines to name a few. This year, we will have over a dozen Texas Red Dirt artists donate their time to raise money for the cause, live auction, chance drawing opportunities and tons of fun at Billy Bob’s Texas! Years later, Pickin’ for Preemies has grown from an idea into a tradition. Imagine the relief families feel knowing, with your support, they can receive the best care possible for their tiny Texans right in their own backyard.