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March of Dimes Iowa's Fundraiser:

Dr. James Walker, Signature Chefs Auction Chairman

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BENEFITING: March of Dimes Foundation

EVENT: Cedar Rapids Signature Chefs Auction

EVENT DATE: Sep 14, 2017

March of Dimes Iowa

THE STORY:

We knew very early in our pregnancy that we were expecting twins.  We welcomed the news, but were beyond surprised and a bit overwhelmed! Although we had been told that twins tend to be born ahead of their due date, we optimistically hoped that we would avoid the NICU.  Marcy had read several books on twins and they all had a chapter on life in the NICU and how common a NICU stay is for twins.  We were still certain that if Marcy stayed healthy, ate well and did “all the right things” it would guarantee us the perfect start to our children’s lives. Marcy had a wonderful and smooth pregnancy, until the afternoon of February 13, 2016 when she felt a little off.  It didn’t seem like anything serious, much like a stomach bug, but called her doctor just to be safe.  I got the car ready, but by that time, Marcy’s pain had intensified to the point it was difficult to walk.  I helped her into the car and we headed off to the emergency room.  While being admitted to the women’s center Marcy’s water broke.  It was a scary time for us, as we knew the babies would be arriving much earlier than we ever anticipated.  She was fully dilated, but was given a steroid shot for the babies and some magnesium to slow the delivery.  We were given options as how to proceed and had very real discussions about odds and outcomes.  We spent the next 12 hours in the operating room, closely monitoring the babies for signs of distress.   On February 14, 2016 at 5:25am and 5:26am, we welcomed our twins Beauregard Lee and Genevieve Rose into the world.  Beau weighed 1 pound 5 ounces and was 11.42 inches long.  Genevieve weighed 1 pound 6 ounces and was 12.2 inches long.  Despite our best efforts, our twins were born at 23 weeks and 4 days, over 16 weeks ahead of schedule.  We spent 5 months, 1 week and 1 day in the NICU.  During our stay we had many ups and downs, but had amazing support and encouragement from friends, family, doctors and staff. Beau and Genevieve are now one year old and are doing great.  They are happy kids that love books, cuddling and their dog Mia. They are doing remarkably well considering their extreme early arrival, and we are very thankful at each appointment we have. They do continue to have their g-tubes for feedings, and we have them at home during the day to protect their fragile immune systems. While we don’t know what may arise as they grow and develop, we know that we are truly blessed to have our miracles. We want to use our experience to help families have the best possible start to their child’s life.   We have the March of Dimes to thank for playing a part in the lives of Beau and Genevieve, with their research funding on surfactant, prenatal care, and NICU technology. We are grateful for all their work, and the direct benefit it had on our family. Together with the March of Dimes, we will ensure every baby has a healthy start. ~James, Marcy, Beauregard and Genevieve Walker

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To This Fundraiser

$2,650

MONEY RAISED
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  • Caroline and Chris Larson

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • @Suzanne and Nathan Stock

    $250

  • @Mary Mantz

    $50

  • @Kayleen, Khalil, Navidad and Amira

    $100

  • @Sara Stuefen

    $250

  • @Ina Jean Schertz

    $100

  • @Jim and Rose Yardley

    $25

  • @Jim and Susan Turner

    $100

  • @Pete and Karen Mathison

    $500

  • @Tom and Nancy King

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mike & Nancy Walker

     

  • Dan and Deb Washburn

    $25

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53% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Dan and Deb Washburn

Dan and Deb Washburn

DONATION: $25

Walker Twins 8 months ago

Mike & Nancy Walker

Mike & Nancy Walker

Beauregard & Genevieve, you are our sunshine! 1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

@Pete and Karen Mathison

@Pete and Karen Mathison

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

@Tom and Nancy King

@Tom and Nancy King

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

@Ina Jean Schertz

@Ina Jean Schertz

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

@Sara Stuefen

@Sara Stuefen

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

@Jim and Susan Turner

@Jim and Susan Turner

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

@Jim and Rose Yardley

@Jim and Rose Yardley

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

@Suzanne and Nathan Stock

@Suzanne and Nathan Stock

DONATION: $250

1 year ago