Help Baby Liam

Thank you for stopping by! My nephew, Liam Patrick Carney, aka "The Fighting Irish" was born far too soon at only 23 weeks. The medical bills have started rolling in and I've created this page to help relieve the financial burden my sister Stephanie and Zack are facing while their first born lays in Rady Children's Hospital, fighting for his life. 

Yesterday, Liam Patrick Carney turned 36 days old. As many of you know, he was born on September 1st at only 23 weeks. Liam was due December 26, 2018 and decided to come a wee bit early. He's considered a micro-preemie and was not expected to survive. I've created this page because so many people have asked how they can help both Zack and Stephanie on the long road they have ahead of them.

Unfortunately, the bills from various specialist, insurance and hospitals have started to arrive. This is the last thing Zack and Stephanie should be worried about.  Prior to Liam being born, Stephanie was working and in school completing her teaching credential, she's not returned to work and is faced with the stress of using her "Family Leave Act" or saving it for a later date. After serving in the Marine Corps, Zack started using his GI Bill to earn a degree and is scheduled to graduate this December from SDSU.

What many of you don't know is that shortly after finding out Steph was pregnant last May and sharing it with their families, Zack's father unexpectedly passed away on May 25th. Zack immediately went back home to Ohio for a month to be with his Mom and siblings. Only three months later his first child was born four months too soon.

As you can imagine this has been a tragic six months for both Zack and Stephanie and they are truly each others support. Each day they drive 45 minutes south to Rady Children's Hospital to spend time with Liam who remains in the NICU. And each night they return home to get some rest and start all over again. Nobody prepares for this sort of thing and it's not one we save for either. In addition to the first insurance deductible, there is the added expense of traveling back and forth to the hospital each day. They also have to pay for parking in the structure next to the hospital. 

It would be an absolute blessing if finances were not an added stressor during this time. If you are able to donate anything, we would be grateful. And if you're unable we understand, but do ask that you keep them in prayer and please share this page with those you love.

If you're able, please go to
and like his page to stay up to date on Liam's progress. 
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    • $40 
    • 33 mos
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    • $25 
    • 33 mos
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    • $150 
    • 33 mos
  • Paul Kinder 
    • $50 
    • 33 mos
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    • $50 
    • 33 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Leandra O'Brien 
Oceanside, CA
Stephanie DeMaria 
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