We are thrilled to be March of Dimes Mission Family for the 2018 Signature Chefs Auction.
Our little one, Dylan, was born a micro preemie miracle. In April 2016, I unexpectedly went into preterm labor at 25 weeks. Luckily I sensed something was off, got myself to the hospital, and thanks to March of Dimes research, doctors were able to postpone labor for about a week.
At 26 weeks, Dylan came into this world weighing one pound, eight ounces or 690 grams as they say in the NICU world. Due to his extreme prematurity, doctors had no idea if he would survive. Our family was heartbroken, but we tried to stay hopeful.
After four months in the NICU, here we are two years later and our micro preemie is now an adorable, strong willed, two-year-old toddler.
Outreach wise we have two events on tap to raise money for March of Dimes research. Stay tuned for more info. In the meantime, every little bit counts. Donate for Dylan who wants to drive the message home that in the end, it's all about healthy moms and strong babies!
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies.
We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start.
Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.
For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive
and thrive. Now we’re building on that legacy to level the playing field
for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background
or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when
everything doesn’t go according to plan. We advocate for policies that
prioritize their health. We support radical improvements to the care
they receive. And we pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest
health threats to moms and babies.
What began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal struggle
with polio led to the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile
Paralysis, better known as March of Dimes, and ultimately a cure for the
disease. With that success behind us, we began to focus on fighting
birth defects, premature birth and infant death with innovations like
newborn screenings and surfactant therapy; education for medical
professionals and the public about best practices; and lifesaving
research. We provided comfort and support to families in NICUs and
advocated for those who needed us most, moms and babies.
Today we are stronger and more committed than ever to guiding moms
through every stage of the pregnancy journey. We are fighting for the
smallest among us and advocating for their health each and every day.
And we do so with the tools, technology and knowledge needed to build a
brighter future for us all.