On June 23, 2015, dozens of Cara’s closest friends and family came together to witness the unveiling of the brand new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Maryland Medical Center Children’s Hospital. Adam Klein, who was a very close friend of Cara’s for many years, has long been involved with the organization, and has recently been asked to join the Board of the Children’s Hospital. When he was presented with the opportunity to name a part of the new NICU to honor someone/something, Adam didn’t hesitate to think of Cara.
While the notion that he would be naming something in her memory was difficult to process, Adam quickly learned to think of the unit in a different way: a symbol that Cara is still very much a part of our lives. Watching Adam and the Becker family stand together and cut the ribbon to unveil a group of state of the art hospital rooms, known as the “Cara Becker Neighborhood,” it became clear that Cara’s legacy has and will continue to bring everyone together in a positive and caring way. In his touching speech that evening, Adam added that Cara would “serve (although from a far) as another set of eyes to watch over these infants as they begin their journey.” Adam and Cara shared a passion for community service and providing assistance to those in need, and Adam continues to serve others and contribute to his community. Cara loved children, and Adam’s beautiful decision to have her be a part of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a wonderful tribute to her and her life.