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Premature children, families helped by foundation

Pictured in back, Kim Splant, Phil Splant and Sarah Penegor. In front are Nathan Splant, Eric Penegor and Mabel Penegor.

Kim and Phil Splant donated a commemorative bench, made of 400 pounds of recycled plastic, in honor of Henry Penegor. He was the son of Sarah and Eric Penegor, of Schererville. The Splants donated the bench and $1,500 to Franciscan Health Crown Point Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where Henry died in 2012 after a premature birth. The Splants, who live in Dyer, began the Nathan C. Splant Foundation in 2007. Nathan, now 14 and healthy, was born prematurely in 2004. The foundation benefits local premature children and their families through assistance, grant programs and research on premature births. Said Kim Splant, “The bench donations were started a couple of years ago. Each year, we select a different hospital to donate a bench. The bench is a collection of plastic caps that is built through the aid of Lake County Solid Waste Management, by Green Tree Plastics group. The bench will sit outdoors near the hospital’s main entrance."

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