Our Meet-a-Mom this week isn’t a Cleveland East-Sider, but I made an exception this week because she’s the founder of our very first non-profit feature post, Project Preemie! Meet Pamela Frasco, the woman whose personal journey with the NICU inspired her to create an organization to make the same plight easier for others. I hope her story inspires you as it did me.
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I am originally from Fairview Park, but now I live in Avon Lake.
Children and Ages?
Santino (Sonny) age 6 and Salvatore (Sal) age 4.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I’m a pretty open book I have worked in professional sports for 14 years and recently started my own non-profit to benefit families of children in the NICU.
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
My parents and my friends who are parents! Everyone has their own style and I have learned so much from each of them.
Favorite things to do with your kids?
We make meatballs and sauce on Sundays. They love it!
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the
corporate world? Please share!
Yes! Project Preemie!
Project Preemie was born in April of this past year, but has been months and years in the making. My husband and I are parents of two preemies born both unexpectedly at 31 and 30 weeks who spent collectively over 75 days in the NICU at Fairview Hospital. Our family has been giving back to the NICU Community by supporting the March of Dimes and giving treat bags and donations to Fairview Hospital. During my experience and that of many other NICU Families that I have met over the years, one thing that is common is that we all felt our babies had wonderful medical care, but that we felt very alone in our experience. There was no organization that was supporting the parents and family members the way that we needed. This is the reason we began the formal process of becoming a 501c3 that can support families going through this unimaginable experience.
Project Preemie is dedicated to supporting families with children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the medical professionals who care for them.We want to lessen the burden on preemie families, offer resources for family and friends supporting them, and recognize the medical teams that care for them so that more space can be opened to celebrate each family’s tiny miracle.
Specifically, we offer a network of support for parents while in the NICU and post-nicu. More info can be found here. If you’re interested in reading about our personal journey, you can find that here.
Project Preemie also has a blog featuring other parents’ NICU experiences, which you can find here.
What does this community mean to you?
The Cleveland community is STRONG! Growing up here, I am blessed to have a network of people from elementary school, college and my professional career that are incredibly supportive of our family and our cause with Project Preemie. Clevelanders are loyal!
other meet-a-mom features
Father’s Day is this weekend and we wanted to introduce to you Andrew from Class 101! Hear what he has to say about being prepared for College Admissions!
Meet Jennifer Woda from Sing & Swing, music classes for infants and children all over Cleveland’s East Side!
Excited for you to meet local Cleveland Mom of Two, Breast Cancer Survivor and Owner of Barre3 Solon, Vicki Giancola!!