Megan works on her tutu as 3-year-old Eli entertains the room, chasing balloons and eating popcorn. The tutu is a supplement to her outfit for the annual Run for All Children. It’s purple in honor of the Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute.
Just being back at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital triggers memories, the footsteps along the pathway from the garage through the bridge to the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care Center, the little voice on the elevator chirping: “First Floor!”
Megan flashes back three years to her time in the neonatal intensive care unit, bending down and peeking through the clear plastic isolette to watch her tiny 2-pound baby boy, born 12 weeks early, grow and flourish.
Megan is a runner, and the exercise provided comfort through those days of fatigue and concern. She remembers seeing the signs for the Run For All Children 5K fundraiser. She decided to run, despite coming off a cesarean section.
“It just seemed like the thing to do,” she says.
Now, three years after that 5K run and taking Eli home just days later, Megan and Eli are back. She is ready to run again. He has come a long way from 2.2 pounds, becoming a healthy and mischievous toddler.
Megan tries on her completed tutu and twirls Eli around.
“Should we dance?” she asks, lifting him in her arms.
He giggles, suddenly bashful being the center of attention.
To register for Run For All Children on May 18, sign up here.