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Donor Breast Milk Saves Newborn Lives

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THE STORY:

The New York Milk Bank Inc wrote -

We are the doctors and lactation specialists and managers of The New York Milk Bank, a new nonprofit that we launched this year in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY because pasteurized donor milk saves the lives of premature infants.

Our mission is to collect donor milk, process it safely, and get it to every infant whose own mom isn't able to breastfeed. 

We know that our frailest babies who get formula can develop a terrible intestinal disease called NEC - necrotizing enterocolitis. Babies who develop the disease can face a lifetime of difficulties and in New York State alone about 100 babies die from NEC each year.

We're here to prevent that from happening.

We've had an incredible year so far as we push toward our goal: We bought our first pasteurizer and opened The New York Milk Bank just this summer. We bought huge industrial freezers to store raw milk that so many generous women donated. As more milk arrived we bought more freezers and rented a nearby storage room to house them. 

We even went to Albany and pushed through passage of The Nickolas Bill that will require Medicaid to pay for donor milk when it goes into law on Jan. 1, 2017. We're so proud of that effort.

We're processing 1100 ounces of milk each week, but we need to greatly increase our capacity to be ready for the upcoming demand when the new bill takes effect. We need a bigger space, even more freezers to hold donor milk, and a second pasteurizer which would increase production threefold. That processor alone costs $40,000!

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  • Join our fundraising team by clicking on the "Join the team" link. Include a great photo, tell us your donor milk story, and you can even make a short video with your phone.

We'll share these stories from our many friends as our campaign unfolds.

We will also create a special permanent plaque in our new home to honor the work of all donors and campaigners who raise $1000 or more.

Thank you for taking us this far and for your continued support and belief in the importance of pasteurized donor milk for all infants in need.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,200

MONEY RAISED
  • Kate Sharp

    $100

  • Tova Ovits

    $100

  • LLL of Manhattan East

    $1,000

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24% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $30,502 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
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The New York Milk Bank Inc

Amount Raised

$15,848

 

5% Raised of$291,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Susan Vierczhalek

Amount Raised

$2,425

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Katharine Kelter

Amount Raised

$2,375

 

12% Raised of$20,000 Goal

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Boriana Parvez

Amount Raised

$2,090

 

21% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Julie Bouchet-Horwitz

Amount Raised

$1,984

 

10% Raised of$20,000 Goal

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Roseanne Reed-Motti

Amount Raised

$1,590

 

64% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Leigh Anne O'Connor

Amount Raised

$1,200

 

24% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Nicole Rogers

Amount Raised

$1,050

 

105% Raised of$1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

LLL of Manhattan East

LLL of Manhattan East

DONATION: $1,000

3 years ago

Tova Ovits

Tova Ovits

DONATION: $100

In memory of the babies who didn't receive donor milk. 3 years ago

Kate Sharp

Kate Sharp

DONATION: $100

For all the premature babies we've helped over the years who didn't get the chance for donor milk and had to settle for artificial baby milk. 3 years ago