For the last 16 years, Steven and Kimberly Bryant have been supporting families in the MercyOne Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in memory of their daughter, Bailey Katherine Bryant.
The Bryants established the Bailey Katherine Bryant Memorial Golf Outing in 2004, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the NICU.
“Bailey was a patient in the MercyOne Children’s Hospital’s NICU and didn’t get to come home,” said Steven. “We wanted to start something in her honor to memorialize her, help other families in the NICU and thank the staff for what they did for us while she was in there.”
The funds raised at the BKB Memorial Golf Outing have purchased car seats for underweight babies served in the NICU. Steven expressed that it can be difficult for parents needing to find these car seats, so they wanted to take that burden away. These car seats have been given the name “Bailey Seats.”
This year the BKB Memorial Golf Outing has begun to fund other critical NICU needs, including a NATUS Hearing Machine and an Arctic Cooling Blanket, both will help hundreds of babies every year.
“After hearing exactly how many families will be impacted through the NATUS Hearing Machine and Arctic Cooling Blanket, it’s really special knowing our daughter will now be able to help more families in different ways,” Steven said
The Bryants are grateful that through the BKB Memorial Golf Outing, they have been able to provide continual support for the MercyOne Children’s Hospital’s NICU and families, as well as show their gratitude towards the NICU staff for their remarkable work.
“The BKB Memorial Golf Outing is a fun, family event,” said Steven. “We appreciate the golfers and sponsors throughout Des Moines who have bent over backwards to help us put on such a great event year after year.”
The 16th Annual BKB Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Toad Valley Golf Course in Pleasant Hill, IA. Register today at bkbgolf.com.
“Ours’ is a simple story,” said Steven. “When you have a life experience and you are touched by something that affects you, hopefully you want to pay it forward, and that’s exactly what we are doing.”
If you are interested in supporting MercyOne Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, please contact MercyOne Des Moines Foundation Senior Director of Development, Sophia Ahmad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-643-8035.