Today Is A Good Day!

Letters to William

Martha & Paul Sharkey, Founders, Today is a Good Day

In November 2010, we launched into the overwhelming world of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) when our daughters were born at just 23 weeks and 5 days. We faced daily challenges including the loss of our daughter, Mary Gladys, two weeks into our NICU journey. Our daughter, Claire, weighing only 15oz. faced an uncertain future. Suffering from grades 3 and 4 brain bleeds, anemia, and meningitis we were not sure she would survive. If Claire lived, we were not sure if she would be able to walk or talk later in life.  

Munchkins with Mary

Submitted by Paul Sharkey, Founder, TODAY is a Good Day
I don’t talk about it a lot. The death of my daughter Mary on November 28, 2010.  Why don’t I?

  1. It is awkward. When asked how many kids do you have; it is much easier to say “two”. It is harder to explain “three and one is in heaven”. Most people are looking to hear “two” and move on with their day. Once you say “three and one in heaven”, it leads to more questions and the inevitable “I am so sorry for your loss”. 
  2. It is emotional. As a man, I don’t usually talk about my emotions often. Sometimes I will with my wife but even that is rare.

TODAY is a Good Day partners with The Superhero Project - Your donations at work!

The mission of TODAY is a Good Day is to provide personal and financial support for families with premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Through the generous support of our donors, TODAY is a Good Day partnered with another local non-profit, The Superhero Project, to provide a $10,000 grant to Einstein Medical Center. A portion of the funding will be used to purchase hospital-grade rocking chairs for parents to use when visiting their premature babies in the NICU. 

The Parent Trip

The Philadelphia Inquirer recently featured our journey as part of their Parent Trip section. We are so pleased and honored to have our story shared and hope that it can help other families who are seeking to navigate the NICU as we did.