‘Walk for the Babies’: Saturday at West Seattle Stadium

Here’s a 5K you may not have heard much about – but your support can save lives. At West Seattle Stadium this Saturday afternoon, big steps will be taken for the most tiny and endangered among us – drug-exposed and medically fragile newborn babies. The event is “Walk for the Babies,” a 5K (twelve and a half times around the track) to benefit the Pediatric Interim Care Center, a 22-year-old facility/program which takes care of those tiny patients “at an interim level between hospital and home … at a savings to the taxpayers of Washington State.” Here’s a video about it:

PICC is described as “the only specialized, 24-hour facility available for the safe withdrawal of drug-exposed newborns” in our state.

The Walk for the Babies idea hatched, we’re told, when West Seattleite Phoebi Crawford called PICC to ask what they needed – blankets? diapers? etc.? – and found out they just need money, because they have lost $400,000 in funding. The walk, which has more than 70 people signed up so far, is hoping to raise $100,000. You can donate by going here; if you want to participate in the walk, call Phoebi at 206-707-6220.

8 Replies to "'Walk for the Babies': Saturday at West Seattle Stadium"

  • Phoebi Crawford June 20, 2012 (9:02 pm)

    Thanks WSB!! Your the best!!

  • Mom of Pre-K Kid June 20, 2012 (9:19 pm)

    wow. I am in tears.

    The news story says it’s the only 24-hour facility for withdrawal for drug-exposed newborns in the whole US. They definitely need to continue their funding somehow.

    Thank you for posting this WSB.

  • Phoebi Crawford June 20, 2012 (10:49 pm)


  • Alisha June 20, 2012 (11:46 pm)

    PICC is an amazing place!! I volunteered for PICC about 14 years ago. I would go in every Sunday to rock babies or fold laundry. If you heard the background of each baby you would just cry but on the otherhand, rocking them made me smile. Please DONATE to PICC!!

  • westcoastdeb June 21, 2012 (9:32 am)

    I also volunteered at PICC – it is an awesome place. Worth every cent donated. They are the only facility of it’s kind in the US. The staff there is amazing, as are the volunteers. The whole facility exudes a hospital like cleanliness without feeling like a hospital. Please donate to them if you can, I promise you won’t regret it.

  • Carrie Ann June 21, 2012 (10:56 am)

    For those of you who volunteered, did you have prior medical training, or were you allowed to just go through a background check, and then come in and assist as was needed? Both of my kids will be in school, full-time, this Fall, and I would love to spend a few hours a day holding and rocking these babies, or helping in some other way.

  • Phoebi Crawford June 22, 2012 (8:22 am)

    @ Carrie Ann, here is the link to volunteering at the P.I.C.C.


  • Carrie Ann June 22, 2012 (5:08 pm)

    Thank you, so much, Phoebi! I will certainly be in contact with them, soon.

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