Former NICU Mom Collects Pajamas for Smallest Patients


This mom benefited from exceptional care in Renown’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). See how she decided to give back in a big way. 

Three-year-old Howie Zink spent his first 23 days in the Renown Children’s Hospital NICU after surgery for gastroschisis. This is a birth defect resulting in intestines that form outside of his body.

That experience forever changed his mom, Sarah Carmona Zink.

“The care we had at Renown, it was life-changing,” she says. “I feel so bound to the neonatal intensive care unit.”

Zink became a huge supporter of the NICU to give back to the staff who cared for her son. She recently held her second pajama drive to collect preemie and newborn footed jammies and blankets.

“This year we had so much unbelievable community support,” says Zink. Among her supporters was 6th grader Kennli Fassett, who collected more than 35 onesies at Billinghurst Middle School.

The 2019 Preemie and Newborn Pajama drive totaled 639 pajamas, 354 blankets and $5,000. The NICU relies on donations for the small clothing, which give some normalcy to parents who have babies on an extended stay at Renown.

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