Any NICU parent will tell you, it's a hard, but rewarding journey. On your darkest days, you feel alone, and fear the unknown. My son, Carson, was born at 30 weeks gestation and spent the first 7 weeks of his life at the NICU of Levine Children's Hospital. It was a tough journey, not just for us, but also for Carson. We were so blessed to have the support of friends and family, and also the amazing doctors and nurses at Levine's. Thanks to them, and their amazing care and support, Carson is thriving today. We are also so blessed to have an organization like Pierce's Project in Charlotte, that helps support families of preemies and critically ill children before, during, and after NICU stays. When Carson was first admitted to the NICU, Pierce's Project gave us a care package that included a lovey for Carson. I would sleep with that lovey every night, and leave it with Carson during the days. Even though I couldn't take him home with me, that lovey helped me feel like he was with me when I went home. Pierce's Project helped me thru our NICU journey with support, encouragement, and compassion. Each year, approximately 250-300 micropreemies (babies born under 27 weeks and/or 2 lbs) are born in Charlotte. Please consider donating to help support Pierce's Project, and other local NICU families.