BENEFITING: March of Dimes Foundation
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2014
It is with great pride and pleasure that Luke and our entire family were selected to serve as the March of Dimes Ambassador Family for the 2014 Quad Cities Signature Chefs Auction. This amazing event is a showcase for some of the finest chefs in the Quad City area, an unforgettable way to support the March of Dimes and a way to recognize Luke on his incredible journey.
Our family has a big goal this year to work with the March of Dimes to raise $45,000 for the evening through presenting our story during the Fund the Mission portion of the evening. All proceeds help fund the mission: to give all babies a healthy start to life. We would love to have you contribute towards this Fund the Mission goal. Your 100% tax deductible gift goes a long way toward helping tiny babies like Luke once was, and helping the March of Dimes meet their fundraising goals. Alongside our family, we want to make a difference to others – no parent should have to make the decisions we had to make or watch their child go through what Luke went through in our 151 day stay in the NICU.
Thank you, The Baustian Family
PREMATURITY FOREVER CHANGED OUR FAMILY:
When we were expecting our second baby, we had no reason to believe that things would be different than they were with our first son, Jake, who was born after an uneventful nine-month pregnancy.
Unfortunately, at 22 weeks gestation, on June 18, 2010, our expectations changed. My water broke unexpectedly, and I was sent to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. While the pregnancy wasn’t far enough along for the doctors to consider treatment, my husband and I decided to stay near the hospital until the baby was born, which we knew wouldn’t be long.
Luke was born just six days after my water broke on June 24, 2010 weighing only 1 pound, 5 ounces. His head was roughly the size on an egg, and his feet were about an inch long. We spent the next five months in the NICU.
Luke is now 4 years old and has had his share of follow-up appointments, surgeries, and hospitalizations. He recently graduated to using oxygen at night only, and his health continues to improve.
We are so grateful to the March of Dimes for their research on surfactant and nitric oxide, as those two things helped save his life in the NICU. Nitric oxide also helped him recover from a serious lung infection last year.
Ryan, Katie, Jake & Luke Baustian