Jake Correia was born on March 13, 2011. He was eight weeks premature and weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces, and for the first six weeks of his life, he stayed at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women and Infants Hospital.
Things have improved for the Correias since the first weeks of Jake’s life — Jake is now a happy and healthy two-year-old, and weighs 24 pounds — but the family has never forgotten how grateful they were to those who helped, especially March of Dimes, which researches birth defects and premature births.
On Sunday, June 23, the family plans to give back to those who helped them and Jake.
Andrea and Manny Correia — Jake’s mom Andrea is a teacher at Barrington High School — are organizing a fund-raiser which will be held at the high school at 6 p.m. The event will feature the comedy group “The Portuguese Kids,” and the money raised will go to the March of Dimes.
“Every parent wants nothing more than to have a happy and healthy baby, but unfortunately that’s not always the case,” stated an e-mail from Ms. Correia. “The doctors and nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women and Infants Hospital do an outstanding job, there is no denying that, but their focus is on the baby, as it should be. The March of Dimes recognizes that parents need help and support as well, and are there in the NICU to provide it to them.”
Tickets for the June 23 fund-raiser are $15 and can be purchased at www.portuguesecomedy.com. Doors for the event open at 5 p.m.