Ginny has had quite an afternoon. Her first celebrity visitor was Storm Roberts, a local radio personality from WKTK. Storm did a quick interview with us for the August fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network. Over the years Storm has raised millions of dollars for CMN and we hope this year is no different.
After the quick interview Rachel and I went back to the family lunch sponsored by the March of Dimes. There are more families now, as we've had quite a few babies move into the NICU over the last week.
About 3 o'clock we had our most exciting visitors. It started with a camera crew from Cox Communications escorted by the March of Dimes folks. Then came Gator Gymnastics Head Coach Rhonda Faehn and Assistant Men's Tennis Coach Jeremy Bayon. They shot a TV spot to promote the UF March for Babies coming up in November. They also recorded a "Let the Gator Growl!"
For those of you that aren't part of the Gator Nation, Gator Growl is the world's largest student-run pep rally that happens at homecoming each year. About 30,000 students, families, and alumni attend. There is usually a musical act and a comedian, along with the athletic teams and student performances. We've had Bill Cosby, Bob Hope, Robin Williams, and a lot of other big names perform at Gator Growl. The show opens with a recording of different celebrities proclaiming "Let the Gator Growl!" They've included presidential candidates, supreme court justices, actors, comedians, authors, distinguished alumni, and all kinds of celebrities - local and national. This year that list will include none other than our Ginny Lee. We're pretty excited about that, but the most important part of all that is raising money to help March of Dimes.
Now, I said those were the exciting visitors. The important visitors came right after the camera crew left. Dr. Fricker (cardiology), Dr. Baines (neonatology), and Dr. Maya (cardiology fellow) - the real rock stars - came down to discuss the plans to get Ginny to surgery. We were very encouraged by the news, even though it wasn't exactly what we expected. We're going to try to ween her off the nitric oxide again tomorrow. If she tolerates it, that's great. If not, we'll just keep trying about every 48 hours until she can. It might take a while, but she's going to be fine. Good thing, because she's a pretty big deal.