The Gigi Project is a resource and liaison that connects individuals, groups, and companies with small Greater Philadelphia area-based nonprofit organizations that support the communities in which we live. Learn how you can help through opportunities to get involved or support the project through your charitable donations.
After the premature birth of their twins, Bella and Gigi, Ben and Kelly LeDonni gained a new perspective on life and love. As a family already rooted in service and giving back, the resiliency of their baby girl, Gigi, and the support of their “village” prompted Ben and Kelly to pay-it-forward. They founded the Gigi Project to give back to families and others who needed the support they were fortunate enough to have through their experience.
When Gigi and Bella were born, it was exciting and emotional for all the good and not-so-good reasons. After Gigi’s birth, she began experiencing breathing complications, which required ongoing medical assistance. The LeDonnis were told that Gigi had to remain in the hospital under 24/7 supervision, which lasted for the first 4-1/2 months of her life.
When Gigi was finally able to leave the hospital and go home to her family, she did not arrive alone. Gigi brought a trach and ventilation machine with her and her condition required 24/7 in-home nursing care.
With Bella to take care of, work, and all of the other responsibilities of life, the LeDonnis relied on the kindness and help of friends, family, and their incredible nurses (call it their “village”). Gradually, Gigi continued to improve and eventually no longer needed the oxygen and ventilation support. Once Gigi was strong enough, her airway was reconstructed by the incredible medical team at CHOP.
After three years and a dozen procedures, Gigi was a healthy little girl and the LeDonnis no longer had to rely on in-home nursing care. As the LeDonnis said goodbye to the last in-home nurse, they lovingly brought home a baby boy to complete their family of five – and begin their mission to pay it forward.
An organization in its infancy with a mission to extend beyond its current impact, the Gigi Project aims to become a true connection between organizations, individuals, and companies to come together to make a real difference in the lives of those within their communities. As the Gigi Project expands, others can get involved through volunteering for the partner organizations and/or by making monetary donations.
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