Honoring Inspiring and Dedicated Volunteers
Helping Us Save Babies' Lives
2015 R Baby Hero: Lisa Asher
This year’s R Baby’s Hero Award is well deserved and also very close to the heart. I met Lisa Asher at the age of 4 at our brothers’ little league game. We instantly became best friends and the sister we each never had. Lisa and I grew up playing the same high school sports, studying the same college major and even dating a few of the same guys. During our younger years we had shared one dream we spoke of often which was to walk our babies together everyday. But as my career and family life started in NYC, our dreamt daily walks became weekend family visits.
When Lisa became pregnant with her third child, I was pregnant with my second so you can imagine how excited we were to know we would have daughters two weeks apart. When Rebecca passed away, Lisa was still pregnant and I think it hit her extra hard. When Isabelle Asher was born, Lisa graciously named her Hebrew name after Rebecca (Ilana Rivka) and we always knew that Rebecca was still with us when Izzy was around.
Lisa was always by my side with R Baby coming to NYC for events and supporting any way she could from afar, so when she asked me if she could hold an R Baby event in Baltimore, my hometown, I was honored and thrilled.
Lisa has been chairing the MD tennis event for the past 3 years, not only raising over $150,000 but also creating an event donors and tennis pros look forward to. (Read more about the event on page 12.) Each year, the event has grown to include more sponsors, players and spectators.
Lisa could have skipped this year doing the tennis event since she was busy with her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, but she chose not skip it, further showcasing her passion, commitment and hard work for the cause. Lisa’s dedication to R Baby is incredibly inspiring to those around her and we are honored to have her as this year’s R Baby Hero.
Thanks for all that you do Lisa!
— Phyllis & Andrew Rabinowitz
“I am so honored to be a part of the R Baby Foundation. Phyllis and I grew up together like sisters so when she lost a piece of her heart the day she lost Rebecca I also felt a great, helpless loss. I am so proud of all of the amazing work Phyllis and Andrew have accomplished through R Baby. I know it is making a difference and saving babies’ lives. The Maryland Tennis Event is a fun way for me to stay involved and contribute to R Baby’s mission.”
— Lisa Asher
2014 Medical Hero:
Dr. Audrey Paul, M.D. Ph.D.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Director, Community Outreach Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
One of the most important missions we have at R Baby is to help educate parents on preparing for pediatric emergencies and how to successfully advocate for your child. This year’s medical hero, Dr. Audrey Paul of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, has been a passionate advocate and leader of these efforts. Dr. Paul helped create the work- shop “How to Navigate an Emergency Room Visit with your Child” presented in partnership with R Baby and Jessica Seinfeld’s Baby Buggy Foundation. Dr. Paul, along with residents from Mt. Sinai, have presented clinical scenarios throughout New York in underserved communities to teach parents how to be effective health advocates for their children. In addition, Dr. Paul and her residents filmed a series of parent-doctor interactions to help guide parents through advocating for their child.
We met Dr. Paul several years ago when R Baby first started working with Mt. Sinai. From the moment we met her, we could literally feel her genuine passion to make sure as many parents as possible knew the most important information about pediatric emergencies. She took a grassroots approach by going school to school to make sure all NYC parents would get the most pertinent information to ensure their children stayed healthy and they were prepared for emergencies. Dr. Paul was instrumental in spearheading our latest parent education workshop and we are honored to have her on our team.
— Phyllis & Andrew Rabinowitz
"I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with R Baby and Baby Buggy in this selfless incredible goal."
— Dr. Audrey Paul
DR. AUDREY PAUL EXPLAINS
Navigating the emergency department with a sick child can be a frightening and sometimes overwhelming experience. Parents are often unaware of what treatment options exist for their children in terms of place (pediatric or community ER), types of treatment within the emergency department, and strategies for coping in a stressful environment through better pain control or distraction techniques. R Baby has always been committed to helping parents become better health advocates and improving pediatric emergency care.
I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with R Baby and Baby Buggy in this selfless incredible goal. With their assistance we have been able to help parents better navigate the emergency department and become a more effective voice for their children.