March of Dimes Allentown wrote -
I am excited and honored to announce that I am the Fund the Mission Chair for the 27th Annual Lehigh Valley Signature Chefs Auction and my family is serving as a March of Dimes Ambassador Family as well. We hope to raise over $175,000 at this year's event. My personal Fund the Mission goal is $49,500. I would love for you to be part of our success!
My family is one of countless families whose lives have been positively influenced by the work performed by the March of Dimes. My twin daughters, Camryn & Lydia, were born 13 weeks prematurely and weighed just 1lb 9oz and 2lbs – true micro-preemies. Both of the girls had major obstacles to overcome during their time in the NICU. Camryn, being super-tiny, required time and intensive monitoring to allow for her continued development outside of mom. Lydia experienced critical illness during her early days and weeks in the NICU, preventing my husband and I from even holding her until she was 10 days old. There was a time when the neonatologist explained that they had exhausted all treatment options for Lydia and that we could only wait and hope. Needless to say, the hopelessness felt in that moment is a feeling that I cannot describe in words and it is not a feeling I would every want any other parent to experience.
Our family’s two long months spent in the NICU alongside our daughters were filled with many emotional highs and lows. There were periods of despair and moments of triumph as the girls progressed from at-risk micro-premies to NICU graduates. I am thrilled to report that today, our daughters are happy and healthy nine-year-old girls thanks to research and treatments developed through funding by the March of Dimes. While our NICU story is one of success, the fact remains that we have been fortunate. Therefore, my goal, and the goal of the March of Dimes, is for no other family to have to endure an experience like ours regardless of the outcome. You can help me achieve that goal by funding the mission to end the causes of premature birth.
Fund the Mission is your chance to make a 100% tax-deductible donation to support the mission of the March of Dimes. By donating, you help real families, like mine, in your community. You also become part of a remarkable group of people whose efforts and generosity span more than 78 years since our founding by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938. Please consider supporting this great event and helping me reach my personal goal.
2016 Signature Chefs Auction Fund the Mission Chair