Chicago mom raises $1.5M to pay parking fees for families at Lurie Children’s Hospital

CHICAGO -- A mother who spent months visiting her son at Lurie Children's Hospital is being honored for making that difficult experience a little easier for other families.

Earlier this month, Carrie Meghie was named a CNN Hero for raising $1.5 million to pay hospital parking fees for other parents.

Meghie's son passed away in 2012 at just under 10-months old.

Jackson spent most of his life in the hospital.

Meghie and her husband, who live in the city's Ukrainian Village neighborhood, spent thousands of dollars on parking just to see their son.

The Jackson Chance Foundation now provides free parking and transportation to all NICU families at Lurie Children's Hospital.