Rudi-Marie Balich Grant, Co-Founder
Rudi was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Bridgeport neighborhood. She was married in 2018 to husband, Mark Grant, and they currently reside in New Lenox, IL. Rudi’s interest in the health of newborn babies began with the empathy of knowing of her own parents’ struggles to conceive.
Her interest in micro-preemies, specifically, began on June 5th, 2016 when Rae Friend was born. Rudi has worked alongside both Lorelee Smith and Dan Friend for several years. Rae’s birth allowed her to understand a different perspective on the importance of community. Rudi’s hope as a board member of the Rae Strong Foundation is to provide that same feeling of community to other families in a similar situation.