For NICU babies and their families, the NICU and Pascale's Pals started BEADS FOR BABIES. Letters to the NICU Parents explain:
"As your baby journeys through the NICU, you will be given beads to string into a necklace. Different beads representing milestones, tests and procedures will one provided to add to your necklace. Beads will be distributed in a group setting with other families. You will receive a tally sheet to help keep track of your baby's journey.
This keepsake will be a way to share your baby's heroic journey with family and friends and with your baby when he/she is older. It is also our way of honoring you and your courage, dedication and love of your baby."