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Dr. Chris Tyler 2016 Chair

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BENEFITING: March of Dimes

EVENT: 2016 Cedar Rapids Signature Chefs Auction

EVENT DATE: Sep 15, 2016

March of Dimes Iowa

THE STORY:

It is with great pride that I am serving as Chairman of the 2016 Cedar Rapids Signature Chefs Auction to benefit March of Dimes. This wonderful event is a showcase for some of the finest chefs in the Cedar Rapids area, and is a fun and unforgettable way to support the March of Dimes and their mission to give all babies a healthy start.  Personally and professionally, I support the March of Dimes and in honor of my Chairmanship I will complete a solo Ironman Triathlon to raise awareness and funds for my wife, my daughter and countless others who have dealt with the struggles of prematurity.

Professionally, I have had several employees that have also experienced their own connection with the March of Dimes and their mission. Please meet Kim, her husband Jason, and their son Cooper.

In 2008, we were thrilled to finally be expecting a baby to be due in December. Things were going very well until my last doctor’s appointment at 39 weeks gestation on December 19th. The doctor determined that our baby was under stress, and I was immediately directed to the hospital for a stress test. My blood pressure was high, and the baby’s heart rate had decreased. They decided to induce labor in order to protect my health and to protect the baby.

Just 30 minutes labor, the baby was becoming increasingly stressed, and I was taken for an emergency c-section. That quick thinking and attention saved our baby’s life. Our son Cooper was born weighing 4 pounds, 12 ounces, but not breathing on his own. The team worked quickly to revive him, and as soon as he was stable, he was transferred to the University of Iowa. Cooper spent the next three weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. His blood pressure was still high, and his left kidney was only functioning at 10%. Every day he grew stronger, and we were grateful to take our baby boy home on our discharge day.

Cooper is now almost 8 years old, and is a happy, healthy little boy. While he does have hearing loss in both ears, he wears a hearing aid in his left ear to help with his sound loss. He continues to be on medication for his high blood pressure, but it seems to balance out his pressures. At 2 months of age, the doctors were hopeful to help his left kidney, and had surgery to try to improve its condition. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful, and his kidney was removed when he was 2 years old. While his development has been slightly behind that of his peers, we have been extremely proud of each and every milestone that he has achieved.

We feel so blessed for Cooper to be doing so well, and are so grateful for his health and happiness. We are honored to be helping Dr. Chris Tyler as he gives back to the March of Dimes as the 2016 Signature Chefs Auction Chairman. We are happy to be giving back to an organization whose mission is inspired by all babies, those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. The research conducted via the March of Dimes saved our son, and we are proud to share our story to inspire others. I know that together we can help make a difference to other families just like ours.

~Kim, Jason & Cooper Schilling

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It is with great pride that I am serving as Chairman of the 2016 Cedar Rapids Signature Chefs Auction to benefit March of Dimes. This wonderful event is a showcase for some of the finest chefs in the Cedar Rapids area, and is a fun and unforgettable way to support the March of Dimes and their mission to give all babies a healthy start.  Personally and professionally, I support the March of Dimes and in honor of my Chairmanship I will complete a solo Ironman Triathlon to raise awareness and funds for my wife, my daughter and countless others who have dealt with the struggles of prematurity.

Professionally, I have had several employees that have also experienced their own connection with the March of Dimes and their mission. Please meet Megan, her husband Peter, and their children Rowan and Abel.

In 2015, we were thrilled to discover that we would be making our daughter Rowan, a big sister! While I had experienced some complications early on in the pregnancy, initial ultrasounds found that our new little one was growing just fine. On Friday, August 28th, 2015 we headed to the ob-gyn for that long-awaited 18 week ultrasound to find out if we were having a boy or a girl, and also to check the health and anatomy of our baby. When the tech began the ultrasound, I noticed that the screen appeared to be different from those first ultrasounds, and I wasn’t able to make out much of the features that she was pointing out to us. We were ecstatic to learn that we would be having a little boy, but our happiness turned to fear and worry as we went back to the exam room. My doctor confirmed that there was a large possibility that my water had broken earlier in the week, and that the ultrasound looked unusual because there was little to no amniotic fluid around our baby boy. She referred us to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to their high risk ob-gyn department, but couldn’t promise when or if I might go into labor.

We met with the high risk OB the following week, and they verified that my water did indeed break and the prognosis wasn’t good. Typically, most women will go into labor within 2 weeks or will get an infection that can sometimes lead to the death of the baby. Peter and I decided that our best option was bedrest at home until 24 weeks when our son would be considered viable. It was a very long 3 weeks at home. Not only was I very worried about infection and contractions, it was so hard to not be able to pick up and take care of Rowan. At 18 months old, she didn’t understand everything that was going on, and why mommy couldn’t tuck her into bed at night.

We made it to 24 weeks, and I settled into the mother/baby unit in Iowa City on September 18th. While I had a huge sense of relief in knowing that we were at the top hospital for premature infants, it was also scary and sad to know that I was only going to be seeing Peter and Rowan on the weekends until our son was born. I was grateful that I was able to receive steroid injections to accelerate the development of my baby boy’s lungs during my stay, as well as IV antibiotics to fight off infections and daily fetal monitoring. The days spent there were certainly bittersweet as I made myself at home the best I could.

On Wednesday, October 21, Peter and Rowan came to visit, but I just wasn’t feeling like myself. I was in premature labor at just 28 weeks. Because the baby was breach, I was wheeled back to surgery for a c-section. At 7:50pm, our son Abel William was born, weighing 2 pounds, 10 ounces. He was quickly cleaned up, and after a quick glimpse at him, he was rushed to the NICU to be stabilized, and I was taken to recovery. Peter went to visit Abel in the NICU, and came back with a picture of our son. Abel was just so small, and we were unsure what we might be facing in the hours ahead. Abel’s doctor came in to share with us that while he had received surfactant therapy to help stabilize his lungs, his heart rate dropped at the same time and they had done chest compressions for 2 minutes before it came back up. We knew then that it would be a long road ahead of us, but that our little boy was a fighter. Abel spent 76 days in the NICU battling against jaundice, respiratory distress, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and anemia, and learning to eat and grow. While it was a balance trying to juggle home, work, and hospital visits, we were grateful for each and every day.

Abel is now 7 months old, and is a happy, healthy little boy. He is followed by the NICU follow-up doctors as well as the Nephrology Department, but is developing right on track for his adjusted age. We feel so blessed for Abel to be doing so well, and are so grateful for his health and happiness. We are honored to be helping Dr. Chris Tyler as he gives back to the March of Dimes as the 2016 Signature Chefs Auction Chairman. We are happy to be giving back to an organization whose mission is inspired by all babies, those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. The research conducted via the March of Dimes saved our son, and we are proud to share our story to inspire others. I know that together we can help make a difference to other families just like ours.

~Megan, Peter, Rowan & Abel Clark

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This is my story into the March for Dimes family. ~Dr. Chris Tyler

When my wife Charity was pregnant with our first child, we weren’t expecting anything out of the ordinary. She was healthy, taking great care of herself, and we were over the moon to be first time parents- eagerly looking forward to becoming a family of 3. Everything was progressing normally until week 33. Charity began to feel 'off' that week and chalked it up to the late pregnancy expectations that friends and family had felt before. Thankfully, she had a regular check the following week with our OB, who questioned whether or not she felt okay. As a precaution he put her on bed rest and ordered a blood test, the results of which would be known the following day.

The next day I was pulled from a continuing education conference 30 miles away by my wife calling to tell me one of our friends was taking her to the hospital to meet our OB and take the baby. HELLP Syndrome, I was told. Taking the baby early was the only cure, I think I heard. My mind racing, I hit the road and made more than good time to the hospital to find my wife hooked up to monitors, one-on-one nursing on hand, and the whirlwind of the next 72 hours began.

What Charity and I didn't realize at the time was how dire the situation was and what could have happened as a result of her condition. They call HELLP “the silent killer”, as its symptoms often go unnoticed. She was at high risk for stroke and potential organ failure, and for whatever reasons, taking our Calli early would save both her and my wife from harm or worse. Happily, our OB caught what could have been tragic and turned it into something magical. My lovely, feisty, red-headed Callista came into this world the morning of on May 1st, 2010, one of the best and scariest 24 hours of my life. It was a premature yet healthy birth, and after the dust settled my wife pulled through as well. We spent 11 days in the NICU with Calli as she grew stronger and learned to eat and breathe unassisted. This began our venture into the world of prematurity, and eventually to the March of Dimes.

I always knew the mission of the March of Dimes, but it never touched me until the day of her birth. Ever since, Calli and the rest of our family and friends have been supporters of their cause, which has become near and dear to our hearts. We have attended their fundraising events every year and rarely leave with dry eyes. It is easy to become attached to this organization when you hear and see the stories first-hand, let alone experience it for yourself. I shudder to think that I could have quickly lost Charity and Callista during such a momentous time in our lives.

We have the March of Dimes to thank for playing a part in the lives of all three of our children– Callista, and her healthy, full-term siblings Samantha and Jonathan. We are grateful for all their work. Together, we will ensure every baby (and mother) has a healthy start.

~Chris, Charity, Callista, Samantha and Jonathan Tyler

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To This Fundraiser

$20,382

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kirk Johnson

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jester

    $25

  • Jamie Maser

    $50

  • Matt Van Maanen & Rob Landcaster

    $500

  • LJ LEWIS

    $50

  • Glenn and Nancy Kubina

    $250

  • Stacy & Michelle Hand

    $100

  • Rinderknecht Associates

    $200

  • C Johnson

    $25

  • Medix Dental

    $150

  • Andy Levine

    $100

  • Steve & Mary Odegaard

    $39

  • Leo & Cindy Frazier

    $100

  • Steve & Valerie Shanley

    $39

  • Jeff Driscoll

    $25

  • Halle Cox

    $25

  • Amy & Joe Link

    $50

  • Melissa Osborn & Vince Marzen

    $39

  • Kelli Ettelbrick

    $100

  • Robert Stewart

    $50

  • Dana Nichols

    $39

  • Marcia and Scot Hughes

    $50

  • Scott D

    $50

  • Jody Rausch

    $50

  • Bowden's

    $50

  • Rich & Loretta Mitvalsky

    $250

  • Chris & Kiley Graw

    $250

  • Mike D. Wiethorn

    $25

  • Frank and Sharon Morosky

    $25

  • Michelle Kreutner

    $50

  • Lisa Olinger

    $50

  • Maria Sears

    $25

  • Jeremy and Nancy Davis

    $39

  • Scott & Lynda Stephens

    $100

  • Renate and Neil Bernstein

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jim Jezek

    $50

  • Wendy Boosalis

    $100

  • Ryan Hart

    $25

  • Kathy Hall

    $39

  • Andrew and Kinsey Peters

    $50

  • Dennis and Debbie Green

    $50

  • Susan Church

    $100

  • Julie Kann

    $25

  • Chris & Suzy DeWolf

    $100

  • Steve and Susie Kraabel

    $100

  • James Nelson

    $39

  • Anonymous

    $39

  • Steve B

    $30

  • Matt O

    $25

  • Gracia B

    $20

  • Julie Hoffmann

    $40

  • William & Ann Sindlinger

    $100

  • Kathryn Lanius

    $100

  • Morgan & Morio Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery

    $3,000

  • Dr. David Gehring/ Gehring Orthodontics

    $2,500

  • Brent and Ellen Feller

    $100

  • Ms. Susan M. Byers

    $500

  • Ms. Elizabeth Daly

    $500

  • Eastern Iowa Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

    $2,500

  • Cedar Rapids Hawkeye Masters

    $50

  • Kelly & Janet Ungs

    $150

  • Other

    $95

  • Dr. Blaine McLaughlin

    $1,000

  • Cooper Schilling's Ma Jo

    $50

  • Mike and Marilou Denney

    $50

  • Dr. Clayton Parks

    $2,500

  • Ironman Tyler

    $100

  • Bike Event

    $2,000

  • Karen A. Swanson

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Rob & Lori Frett

    $100

  • Jan B.

    $10

  • Scott & Christine Neff

    $60

  • Marisa & Matthew Heefner

    $200

  • Crazy Aunt Sara

    $100

  • Susan McManaman

    $25

  • The Throndson Family

    $100

  • The Bosking Family

    $50

  • Kirk and Kerry Johnson

     

  • Kristine Rucker

    $250

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34% Raised of$60,000 Goal

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The Team: $20,382 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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March of Dimes Iowa

Amount Raised

$18,985

 

32% Raised of$60,000 Goal

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Dennis Green

Amount Raised

$738

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Sara and Jerry Kilgore

Amount Raised

$620

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Kathy Hall

Amount Raised

$39

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Rich & Loretta Mitvalsky

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Mike D. Wiethorn

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Donor Comments

Kristine Rucker

Kristine Rucker

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Kirk and Kerry Johnson

Kirk and Kerry Johnson

3 years ago

The Bosking Family

The Bosking Family

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

The Throndson Family

The Throndson Family

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Susan McManaman

Susan McManaman

DONATION: $25

In honor of Chris Tyler! 3 years ago

Crazy Aunt Sara

Crazy Aunt Sara

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Marisa & Matthew Heefner

Marisa & Matthew Heefner

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Scott & Christine Neff

Scott & Christine Neff

DONATION: $60

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Jan B.

Jan B.

DONATION: $10

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Rob & Lori Frett

Rob & Lori Frett

DONATION: $100

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