Eugene was given the ultimate gift of a second chance and we feel compelled to give back. We felt the profound need to do something that kept Eugene's legacy alive in a way that was representative of him. The boy loved his books and they were crucial for our family while in the hospital. When he could not be held, we could bond over a book. When it felt difficult to speak, we could manage to read him a book. They were the source of some of the most enjoyable and engaging times we shared. Starting Eugene's Book Club Fund was the most appropriate thing to do. We could envision a book cart getting wheeled around the unit and bring joy to the patients and their families.
Our hope is the books bring cheer and comfort those that need it most. Children born with congenital heart defects are more likely to have developmental disibilities or delays. The resources we provide will aid in making hospital time educational for patients and families as well as fun. While Eugene was rehabilitating and waiting for a heart transplant we were introduced to a very special car. The GoBabyGo car provided him with a means to move and explore while having limited mobility. We wish to grow into much more than a "book club" and to provide innovative items such as these. Join us in transforming life for these children and their families.
*Patient safety is very important to us and all the items we contribute must be new. Once a book is taken from the cart it is theirs to enjoy forever.