“We tell our kids all the time that we help Cincinnati Children’s because they helped us. It’s that simple,” said Chris Leonidas, who with wife Betsy created and hosts the event.
“This hospital and their amazing staff are changing lives and helping so many families. We are honored that so many people want to help us pay it forward and give hope to others.”
The Leonidas family developed the Polo for Babies idea after their newborn daughter, Adeline, was hospitalized with a severe case of enterovirus three years ago. She was admitted just seven days after birth, and she experienced liver failure and a Stage 3 brain bleed as a result. However, she made a full recovery. The family vowed to pay it forward and makes that a reality each year through Polo for Babies.
“The support of donors is crucial if we’re going to continue to make the kind of progress we’ve made,” said Dr. Louis J. Muglia, co-director of the Perinatal Institute. “I can’t thank the Leonidas family enough for their investment in this life-saving work.”
Polo for Babies has raised $68,000 in three years.