Teresa, Jonathan, Missy, Jim, Frank Running for Gracie via Crowdrise
January 19, 2012
BENEFITING: THE BELL CENTER FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
EVENT DATE: Feb 12, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 54
Mileage Tracker: 373
Dear Friends and Family,
On February 12th, my amazing running friends and I will run the Mercedes Marathon as a Relay Team. It has been through the support of them: Jonathan Lindsey, Melissa Schmaltz , Jim Schmaltz and Frank Spina that I will also complete my first half marathon in memory of my daughter, Kaylie Grace .
Here is her story:
In 2007, I had a preterm diagnosis that the precious daughter that I was carrying had a genetic disorder called Trisomy 18. I was also told that 90% of the children who are born with this disorder do not live to be one year old. Ironically, on the anniversary of Roe vs.Wade, I had a doctor tell me that most women faced with this diagnosis would terminate the pregnancy which was not an option for our familiy.
So we waited and prayed for the best. During this time a very good friend of mine who was a member of the Service Guild and volunteered at The Bell Center suggested that I meet with Betty Bell about how The Bell Center could help our daughter.
Unfortunately, Kaylie Grace passed away on February 15, 2007 and did not live long enough to become a student of The Bell Center. Although I am not a Bell Center parent, I volunteer weekly at the Bell Center and have always felt a connection to the families and children of The Bell Center. Every time I look at a Bell Center child, I see my daughter's face.
So, my friends and I have decided to train and run in the Mercedes Marathon in memory of my daughter Kaylie Grace. She would have benefitted so much from attending The Bell Center. We cannot help my precious angel, but we can support the amazing work of Betty Bell and her staff at The Bell Center. Please support us on this journey.
Donations are vital to the continued success of The Bell Center. Every single dollar counts, so no donation is too small. If you would like to make a contribution by check instead of online, please make it out to The Bell Center and send to me at 140 Castlehill Drive, Vestavia Hills, AL 35226.
"Every Child Forever Changes The World!" (The motto of the Trisomy 18 Organization) It is so true! Kaylie Grace although you weren't with us for very long, you forever changed our world and the world of the children of The Bell Center who will have a better life because you! I am so blessed to have been chosen to be your mother!
Thank you for your generosity! God Bless You, Gracie!
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The Bell Center offers early intervention services to children at risk for delay, often within a few days or weeks after birth. Parents often feel a sense of helplessness when they discover their child has special needs; however, the Bell Center staff and volunteers are able to provide them with specific information and encouragement allowing parents to move from a sense of confusion, to a deep pride in their children’s accomplishments and optimism for the future.
Programs at The Bell Center are designed to promote growth in gross and fine motor skills, as well as language, cognition, self-help, and play skills. Each child is evaluated annually, and goals are tailored specifically to the child’s needs. The Bell Center employs a staff of highly qualified professionals including physical and occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, and early childhood special education teachers who work directly with infants and toddlers in many programs while directing the efforts of volunteers who work with toddlers in other programs.
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