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Molly's Kids: Charlotte preemie helping raise money for other preemies through "Bee Mighty"

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Shaw and his older brother Nash.  The Richter brothers. 

Four-and-a-half-year-old Shaw is inspiring preemies across Charlotte... and indirectly helping pay their medical bills.

Shaw was born at 27 weeks. He weighed two pounds and spent 122 days in Presbyterian Hospital's NICU.  "Mighty Shaw", as he was called, underwent brain surgery, numerous bouts of sepsis, hydrocephalous, a VP shunt, surgery for narrow airway disorder, a stroke, hearing loss and 22 spinal taps.

I'll put a photo in comments of Shaw right after he was born.

Check that, then look again at him here with his brother.

Beautiful comparison.

Once Candace and Michael Richter got Shaw home, they were desperately taking care of him and Nash... and... Candace says... getting increasingly fed up.  Not at their kids, but at their finances.  Their private insurance only covered a fraction of what Shaw needed.  (Example: Shaw required 4 hours of therapy a week. Insurance allotted 20 hours FOR THE YEAR.)
 
They turned their frustration and sadness into motivation to make a difference.

In 2012, in the living room of a family friend's home, "Bee Mighty" was born. In three years they've raised $350,000 and funded 100 babies. 

When I say "funded", that means paid for medical therapy and equipment for preemies who graduate from NICU and are still very small and sick, but are suddenly home. Kids like Shaw.

"It taught me LOTS of families with preemies have to start choosing whether to feed their families, pay a mortgage OR give their preemie needed treatment," Candace said. "It's not fair.  Therapy is vital to the development of a child, especially in those first years."

Bee Mighty's website has good information >> www.beemighty.org

Also, Candace is a beautiful writer. She blogs about Shaw's journey >> www.mightyshaw.blogspot.com

**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids at wbtv.com/mollyskids.**

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