Saturday, November 17, 2012

March of Dimes

Awhile ago, we were asked to be the ambassador family for the March of Dimes' Signature Chef's Auction.  We were truly honored to be asked, but I was definitely nervous about sharing our story in front of so many people.  I am used to speaking in front of large groups of people at work, but I was afraid I would get emotional and forget everything I wanted to say.  Thankfully, I kept my composure and it went fine. 

Thank you to our friends who came out and supported us!  We had a great time and enjoyed the entire night.  The event raised $50,000 for the March of Dimes!  The March of Dimes is an amazing organization that is doing wonderful things to help prevent premature births.  As I said in my closing, advances made by research funded by the March of Dimes helped give Kayley the best possible outcome for a 27 weeker and helped me stay pregnant for 37 weeks with Ryan.  While our story has a happy ending, we know more work needs to be done. 

My perinatalogist said it best when he said doctors and nurses do amazing things in the NICU, but we need to do everything we can to avoid a stay there!  No baby should have to start out their life this way:

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