"Aaron" refers to Aaron Zachary Markovitz, born August 27th, 2018 to his loving parents Becky and Craig Markovitz. Due to pregnancy complications, Aaron entered the world 11 weeks before his due date at a small but mighty 2 lbs 3 ounces. Though he was born generally healthy, because Aaron arrived so early, he had extremely premature lungs and needed breathing support. The ventilators saved his life but also damaged his fragile lungs causing bronchopulmonary dysplasia or chronic lung disease. He would live on a ventilator in the NICU for only 7 weeks before he passed away on October 15th, 2018 in the arms of his parents.
Aaron was a warm, affectionate baby who loved to be held. His eyes were filled with wonder and his head filled with promise. He touched the hearts of everyone he met, including his parents, both sets of grandparents, the NICU nurses and doctors, and the various friends and family who came to visit him in the hospital.
WHAT IS CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE?
Chronic Lung Disease (CLD) results from lung injury to newborns who must use a mechanical ventilator and extra oxygen for breathing. The lungs of newborn (and especially premature) babies are fragile and are easily damaged. With injury, the tissues inside the lungs become inflamed and can break down causing scarring. This scarring can result in difficulty breathing and increased oxygen needs.
We don't want Aaron's life and legacy to be defined by his premature arrival, time spent in the hospital, and chronic lung disease. Instead, we want Aaron to remembered by the joy he brought those around him. We hope that this playground brings his community as much happiness as he provided everyone who knew him in his brief life.