On Friday, May 7, Washington Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore presented the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s National Medical Center with a check in the amount of $35,000 from his Saves for Kids program.
Theodore and his wife, Stephanie Cloutier, lost their two-month-old son, Chace, last August from respiratory complications related to a premature birth. It was at Children’s National where Theodore and Cloutier spent most of their time during their son’s 54-day life. With Saves for Kids, Theodore wanted to create a foundation to honor his son’s life and to give back to the hospital. Theodore donated $2 for every save, $100 for every win and $500 for each shutout he had during the regular season. During the playoffs, Theodore donated $5 for every save. F.H. Furr Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Inc., a Lennox Premier Dealer, matched Theodore’s donation dollar for dollar. Washington Capitals Charities also made a contribution to the cause along with hundreds of generous Capitals fans who were able to donate money to Saves for Kids via PayPal on WashingtonCaps.com.
“This is something very special to Stephanie and me,” said Theodore. “It’s a great feeling being able to give back to the NICU and to all the doctors and nurses that work in the NICU. I was overwhelmed by all of the fan support and to give $35,000 really shows how much our fans care.”
Theodore presented the check to Billie Lou Short, M.D., division chief of neonatology, and Tara E. Taylor, MPH, RN, director of the NICU. Harry Brown, a local nine-year-old Caps fan who spent 10 days in the Children’s National NICU after he was born, also participated in the ceremony.
Theodore and Cloutier, who had not been back to the NICU since last summer, spent time catching up with nurses who they had become close with during their time at the hospital. They both toured the facility, talking to several families with children in the unit.
At Children's National Medical Center, the 54-bed quaternary-level unit (now termed Level IIIC, the highest distinction available, by the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines), is one of the region’s major neonatal referral centers for sick newborn and/or infants (ages birth to 3 months). Children’s NICU services more than 40 in-region and out-of-region hospitals. For more information on the NICU at Children’s National Medical Center click here
Theodore is one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey at the 2010 NHL Awards. The 2010 NHL Awards will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada on Wednesday, June 23.
If you would like to donate to Saves for Kids via PayPal click here
. You may also send a check payable to Washington Capitals Charities and earmarked to Saves for Kids to:
Washington Capitals Charities
Attn: Saves for Kids
627 North Glebe Road, Suite 850
Arlington, VA 22203