Monday, April 6, 2009

Edward and Nathan

Even though we have beaten polio, the fight to save babies goes on. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health. Things like: prematurity, birth defects and low birth weight. Each year, more than 525,000 babies (1 in 8) are born too soon, some so small they can fit in the palm of a hand. Many of these babies must fight just to survive; others must struggle with lifelong health problems. No one knows the causes of nearly half of all premature births, and no one is working harder than the March of Dimes to find out. (Excerpt from the March of Dimes)
Every year for the last 5 years we have donated to this wonderful cause and participated in the walk. We had never known personally any family with a baby born premature, and while the pain, sympathy, hope and love we feel is not for show, it is hard to fully understand without firsthand knowledge of the grief it causes. Until now. One of my dearest friends' sister just had twins, born at 29 weeks. Please welcome Edward and Nathan, born March 30th at 1:24am, weighing 3lbs and 3.3lbs. They have been in the NICU since birth, of course, and while I have never met them, I have been a part of Cyndi's sadness as well as her joy at any progress the boys make. It is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time, and only reaffirms the importance of research and effort put forth by so many doctors, hospitals and the March of Dimes to save the lives of so many babies.
It is hard to imagine any moms who have not heard of the March of Dimes, or have not at least taken the time to understand all that the March of Dimes does; but there are so many people who have no idea. Really, even if it is not your charity of choice, take the time to find out about how the Organization and people across America have been saving babies since 1938. It will not be time wasted, I promise.


Cyndi (eddie and nates aunite) said...

Hey I just found your blog finally and read this.... it made me cry. THank you so much for being there, this really is one of the most emotional things i have ever gone through there are so many ups and downs its crazy... its a day to day thing and it changes constantly im emotional drained from the rollercoaster of emotions but i know with people like you in my life i can stay positive and stay hopefully! Thank you sooo much for everything

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