On a grainy, poorly lit webcam video, Denver Robinson stares into the camera with “Little Hannah” on his lap.
“This is my little daughter Hannah Robinson,” says Denver Robinson on the YouTube video. “Little Hannah… she looks healthy now but unfortunately she’s a little bit sick on the inside.”
Baby Hannah, who turns 1 this Friday, was born seven weeks premature.
She spent the first four months on her life in the hospital. And things have been far from normal ever since.
It’s been taxing on their lives and their wallets.
So the Robinson family from Kingston, a Canadian city in Eastern Ontario, created a GoFundMe.com page. Filled with photos and information, it has been shared 68-thousand times!
We found out about the effort from The Robinsons, who reached out to Daddyhood last night via Twitter:
— Hannahsfight (@Hannahsfight1) July 8, 2014
The fundraising goal: $100,000. Raised so far on the site: $3,337.
A similar effort on Indiegogo.com has raised $10,296, twice as much as their goal.
Born with congenital adrenal hyperplasia and bowel disease and many other smaller health issues. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a very rare disease that “can cause problems with normal growth and development in children — including normal development of the genitals,” according to The Mayo Clinic.
“Baby Hannah is going to need many surgeries to get better and with those surgeries comes many bills,” the GoFundMe.com page says. “We have been unable to work since her birth because one of us had to be in the NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] with her and the other one was with our other children at home.”
Baby Hannah, the family says, has as many as eight doctor’s appointments in one week. And she spends a great deal of time at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
Hannah will likely need seven to nine surgeries, the Robinsons say.
Dad Denver Robinson says every penny raised will go to help his daughter.
“Thank you very much for your help. We appreciate it.”