BENEFITING: March of Dimes Foundation
ORGANIZER: March of Dimes Connecticut
EVENT DATE: Oct 20, 2016
March of Dimes Connecticut wrote -
Earlier this year, we were excitedly awaiting the arrival of identical twin boys in May with our 4 year old daughter Bella. As Megan has been a member of the March of Dimes Board for several years, we were all too aware of the dangers premature infants face. In late March, to our shock and surprise, Megan’s water broke unexpectedly more than 6 weeks before her due date. Despite our doctor’s efforts, there was not time to stop her labor or give the babies steroids to help develop their lungs. Less than four hours later, James and Luca were born, weighing 4 pounds each. While the boys’ prognosis was good, we spent the next month in the UConn neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as they were unable to eat themselves or regulate their body temperature. Now, five months later, the boys weigh 13 pounds each and are thriving beyond our wildest dreams.
Did you know that one of every nine babies born in Connecticut is born prematurely? What is more, each week five babies born will not survive to reach their first birthday as prematurity is the number one killer of newborns in the United States.
What can we do to address these alarming statistics?
Consider joining our family by offering your advance support of the fund mission portion of the March of Dimes’ Signature Chef’s auction. The Auction, which will take place on October 20th, helps the March of Dimes fund research to fight prematurity. Past research has saved babies born prematurely by impacting immunizations, prenatal surgery, and standard of care treatments such as surfactant therapy to overcome respiratory distress syndrome.
This year our family is honored to share our story as the Ambassador Family at the event. During our stay at the NICU, our family realized just how much the March of Dimes has done, and continues to do, to fight prematurity and maximize premature outcomes. Moreover, when we arrived at the NICU, we were greeted by a family support specialist whose salary is funded by the March of Dimes to acclimate us to the facility and tell us what to expect. We found colorful handmade quilts on top of the boys’ isolettes to make them feel more at home and packets full of information on prematurity educating us on prematurity and the equipment and terminology used in the NICU. We participated in a support group facilitated by the March of Dimes with other parents whose children were in the NICU and realized just how well our boys were doing and how lucky we were.
All of the money we raise during Fund the Mission will allow March of Dimes to further its mission to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. If you have had a child yourself or are close to someone who has had a child, you understand what an incredible gift it is to have a healthy infant.
Your fund the mission gift is 100% tax deductible. The March of Dimes will recognize all donations received prior to the event in the event program and during the Fund the Mission moment at the gala.
If you have any questions regarding the event or prefer to donate another way, please feel free to let us know or contact Christine Chalfant of the March of Dimes directly at 860.815.9360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so blessed to have James and Luca in our lives and feel incredibly fortunate that they are happy and healthy .... Thank you for your support and generosity!
For Healthy Babies,
Megan, Vincenzo, Bella, James and Luca Carannante