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Theodore's Saves for Kids

Saturday, 03.20.2010 / 4:45 PM / Community
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Theodore\'s Saves for Kids
Washington Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore recently created Saves for Kids, a fundraising program that will benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Theodore and his wife, Stephanie Cloutier, lost their two-month-old son, Chace, last August from respiratory complications related to a premature birth. It was at Children’s National where Jose and Stephanie spent most of their time during their son’s 54-day life. With Saves for Kids, Theodore wanted to create a foundation to honor his son’s life and to give back to the hospital where he and his wife had spent so many days in the summer.

At Children's National Medical Center, the 54-bed quaternary-level unit (now termed Level IIIC, the highest distinction available by the  American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines is one of the region’s major neonatal referral centers for sick newborn and/or infants (ages birth to three months). Children’s NICU services more than 40 in-region and out-of-region hospitals.

At the end of the season Theodore will make a donation to the NICU at Children’s National based on his statistics, donating $2 for every save, $100 for every win and $500 for each shutout. F.H. Furr Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Inc., a Lennox Premier Dealer, will match Theodore’s donation dollar for dollar during the regular season. During the playoffs, Theodore will up the ante, donating $5 for every save, $200 for every win, $750 for every shutout and an additional $500 for every playoff round won.

Fans also have the opportunity to donate to Saves for Kids via PayPal on WashingtonCaps.com, either pledging based on Theodore’s statistics or making a one-time donation. In the week after Theodore’s story ran in the Washington Post, Caps fans donated more than $6,500.

At the end of the season Washington Capitals Charities will also make a contribution to the cause. At that time, Theodore plans go to the NICU at Children’s National to present the check with the total Saves for Kids donation. If you would like more information on Saves for Kids, please contact Elizabeth Wodatch at  ewodatch@washcaps.com. Fans who would like to volunteer at Children’s National Medical Center can visit www.childrensnational.org/GetInvolved/volunteer/, where they can learn about the Medical Center’s three volunteer programs and fill out an application.


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