Last fall, shortly before their second daughter was set to be born, my friends the Poth family hired me to celebrate their growing family with some Tahoe family photos. We met early in the morning at the LTCC Demonstration Garden, when their spitfire of a child Zada would feel extra sparky and accommodating.
Since then, their family has grown to include their new daughter Ayah, but not without quite the journey. Baby Ayah was born premature, blind, and with holes in her heart. She is a little fighter and this family has been air-evaced back and forth across the Western US for more surgeries, hospital stays and emergencies than any one family should endure. They are doing well and trying to be as normal as a family can be under the circumstances they are in.
If you are interested, you can donate to Ayah’s Go Fund Me. In addition, the Poth family urges you to donate blood. Donated blood is one of the only reasons Ayah is still here today. Get information on donating blood in your area here. If you are a Lake Tahoe resident, there is a blood drive in our area on May 23rd and you can register to donate here.
If you are not a member of a medical flight network, especially if you participate in any sort of sport, then both myself and the Poth family urge you to join one. Our local networks for the Reno Tahoe area is AirMedCare.
The Poth family also requests that you contribute to medical and scientific research. It saves lives.