2015 Miracle Bash, Swim for Melissa raise $162K to help north Alabama’s tiny babies

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund celebrated 10 years of miracles with Swim for Melissa on Saturday, August 8.

Chris and Amy George established the fund in memory of their daughter Melissa, who died shortly after birth.  Melissa and her twin sister Ann Catherine were born 14 weeks early on June 1, 2005.

Saturday, Ann Catherine and her little sister, Lily Baker, helped with the effort to raise money for the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU.

Just watching the two girls, you can tell how far the event has come.

"The very first event, Ann Catherine was 14 months old and sat under an umbrella. I was six months pregnant with Lily Baker, and then today they both swam," said Amy George.

Amy says she's so proud of her kids, and all the children who take time out of their Saturday to raise money for the NICU.

"These kids could be anywhere else today, and they're here and they're swimming and they've raised money. And they know why they've raised money," Amy said.

Ann Catherine, now 10, knows what it's all about.

"It makes me really proud of them, because I know that they're doing something good for other babies, so they can have a chance at life, just like me," she said.

10 years in, and Amy says she hopes the fundraising keeps going strong.

"Hopefully, we'll be here 10 years from now, still doing this, because there's babies that are still going to need our help," said Amy.

Nearly 200 swimmers participated in this year's event. Between the 2015 Swim for Melissa and Miracle Bash, funds raised total $162,000.  The money will go to buy new equipment for the NICU, including a giraffe warmer.

The top fundraisers at the Swim were Ann Catherine George and Davis Burns Manning.  Congratulations to all the swimmers!