BENEFITING: March of Dimes Foundation
EVENT DATE: Oct 20, 2016
Dallas and I are very excited to have been chosen as the 2016 Ambassador Family for the Signature Chefs Auction benefiting the March of Dimes. The mission of the March of Dimes is one that is very close to our family, and one we will always support! It wasn’t until April 1st, 2015, when our lives took a dramatic turn that we realized the impact the March of Dimes and their mission would have on our family. I was 20 weeks pregnant with my second child when my water broke. I spent five days in the hospital, and after much deliberation by the doctors I was released. The doctors didn’t feel as if my baby would live. But on April 14th, I was indeed still pregnant with our sweet Sully, and I was admitted to stay until he was born. I was given two steroid shots to help Sully's lungs mature, along with antibiotics to reduce my risk of infection. We had a lot of difficult times during the hospital stay, and on May 1st at 7:31 Sully was born at 25 weeks gestation, weighing only 2lb 2oz and 14 inches long. We spent the next 90 days in the Tupelo Women's Hospital NICU. Sully had 3 sets of chest tubes, stage 4 Retinopathy of Prematurity which is a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants, and severe bleeding in his brain. Sully received surfactant therapy which helped his lungs function, as well as other lifesaving treatments. On June 6th we were transported to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis to have a VP shunt placed in his head, and a week later we returned to the Tupelo Women's Hospital NICU. Two weeks later we went back to Memphis for eye injections to help his vessels grow in hopes of having normal vision. At this point, we realized the doctors were worried that our son would never see. On July 10th we were released to go home, and we were finally a family of 4! Dallas and I have fought for Sully every step of the way – we did our research, we trusted our doctors, we prayed. Sully goes to physical and occupational therapy weekly. Our little boy is crawling, teething, playing, and eating everything in sight. If you were meeting us for the first time, you’d have no idea how hard he fought to be here, or what a scary start he had. Research from the March of Dimes helped doctors know how to treat Sully before he was born. They funded research on surfactant therapy to mature his lungs, they helped with research that affects his eyes (which are normal now!), and they have had a part in all the procedures our son needed to help him be the healthy, thriving child he is today. For that, our family is thankful beyond words. We fought with our Sully, and now we’ll fight with the March of Dimes to keep funding research to help families like ours across the world. Please join us in support of this worthwhile mission by making a donation in honor of our precious son, Sully. We are forever grateful to the March of Dimes for paving the way with the research that enabled us to take home a healthy baby. Together with the March of Dimes, we look forward to a day when every baby is born healthy. Thank you in advance for your contribution!