I am a firm believer in giving back to organizations; especially the ones that have given so much to me. Since the girls were born premature, my heart is instantly drawn to helping other families as they go through the rollercoaster experience of life in the NICU. For those of you that have followed our NICU journey, you can remember the heartaches and triumphs that we felt each day. One day we would be jumping for joy that the girls drank 35 cc's of milk and then hours later we would be devastated to learn that they had a new infection. The one word that truly describes those three months is life-changing (or is that two words?!). This past Saturday, we ran in honor of the girls at the Footprints to the Finish Line 5k/Fun Run. Footprints Ministry is an organization that started in Montgomery and their mission is "Walking in God's Grace and Sharing His love with Families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit." While we were in the NICU, Footprints delivered a goody bag to us and also recognized me on Mother's Day. This organization not only serves Montgomery, but also Birmingham and Huntsville families.
We have also been given the opportunity to partner with our NICU buddies, Katie, Robby, and little Ben, to raise money to provide a Kangaroo Chair for Baptist East's NICU.
If you look back at this post, Kangaroo Care is a very important part of a preemie's growth. Our NICU had some rocking chairs for parents to sit in but we mainly sat in hard plastic office chairs for hours on end. When we attended Ben's first birthday party, we donated in honor of him to raise these funds. We will be doing the same for the girls' first birthday. Our goal is to raise enough money between our two families to provide this much needed source of comfort to the families in the NICU.
Finally, we have joined our NICU Family's team to raise money for the March of Dimes. This organization is so important because it helps moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. When I went on their website, this is what they had to say:
Every year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States. The rate of premature birth has risen by 30 percent since 1981.
Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk of lifelong disabilities. Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year.
Friends, I never knew what it would be like to have a baby born prematurely. I thought my babies would be born healthy and not fighting for their lives. My eyes are open to what can happen when a baby comes early and I know that the technology that our girls had helped them grow and develop. It is my goal to raise at least $100 for this organization....if ONLY ten people gave $10 I can reach that goal. If you can help our family raise money for other families, I would forever be grateful.
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Thank you again friends for following our family - it has been a crazy year and time sure has flown. As we get closer to the girls' first birthday, I just can't help but reflect how far we have come. I have many thanks for those that have helped us and I want to do all I can to help others that go through what we did. Thanks y'all!!!!!!!!
Till next time, let your light shine!