Featured volunteer of the week is Alicia Gilbert. Alicia is the mother of CDH angel Jayden Scott Gilbert. Jayden was diagnosed with CDH in the Fall of 2009 at 17 weeks gestation. Alicia fought through a long list of complications and delivered Jayden a month early after which he spent 7 days on ECMO. After coming off ECMO, he had complications due to Pulmonary Hypertension & kidney failure and grew his wings at 23 days old on March 14, 2010.
Despite her grief and ongoing health issues due to Marfan syndrome, Alicia felt she needed to “pay it forward” for all Cherubs did for her & her family, and she stepped up to become a Hospital Angel in 2012, supporting CDH families in several Oregon hospitals. During health episodes her mother, a state rep, is a backup Hospital Angel in her down times. She also helped with the planning of the 2012 & 2013 Portland “Parade of Cherubs” events in Portland and other awareness events and get togethers in OR over the last 6 years.
Alicia graduated high school in 2005 and worked in retail until medical issues took her out of the workforce
We appreciate Alicia so much for everything she does for CDH Awareness in memory of her precious Jayden!