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March of Dimes March for Babies - Karen's Musings
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March of Dimes March for Babies
I don't normally post this sort of thing on my LJ, but I'm making an exception for this one. I've decided to participate in this year's March of Dimes March for Babies.

As you know, last year I delivered three beautiful babies. My triplets were 2 months premature and I was very lucky to have healthy babies. Not all babies who are born so early are so lucky, and not all triplets are lucky enough to make it so long. Even though I had strong, healthy babies, we still spent nearly a month in the NICU and had our share of problems to overcome due to prematurity. Sam needed some help breathing when he was first born. Our sweet little Abby, just two and a half pounds in the NICU, needed a blood transfusion, as is common for very small preemies. Ellie came home on a heart monitor due to bradycardia of prematurity and later was diagnosed with "Failure to Thrive", another common problem with premature babies. I believe that the March of Dimes' research and educational outreach information contributed in large part to the positive outcome that we had with our triplets.

I am participating in the March of Dimes March for Babies because I believe in the March of Dimes mission to save babies. Please support my fundraising efforts by sponsoring me in March for Babies today. Contributing to my march online is fast, easy and secure. You can donate directly from my personal webpage with a credit/debit card or PayPal.

The money we raise helps save premature and sick babies. Premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death and the biggest threat to babies’ health today, and through March for Babies, the March of Dimes is funding important research to find out why premature birth happens and what can be done to prevent it. With your support, there’s hope.

Thank you so much for all of the support that you have given us over the last six months. We have truly appreciated all of the help and love and support that everyone has shown us.

My personal web page address for donations is ...

http://www.marchforbabies.org/karen_cohen

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marag From: marag Date: March 28th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darn it, I've already donated to someone else I know who's walking. Let me look at the budget and see if I've got anything left. But yay you for doing this.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 28th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not to worry. I put the message out there so that if people CAN donate, they can. If they can't, that's okay too. My hope, really, is that more people will understand what the March of Dimes is all about. I was in my mid-20s before I had any idea what the March of Dimes did, even though I'd been hearing about them my whole life. Without the March of Dimes, I'm not sure we would have been able to have such a positive ending to our story. I'm not trying to be melodramatic, or anything... I really mean it.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 28th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S. I should point out that I'm doing this to support MoD... by donating to your other friend, you've already supported MoD, which achieves the same thing. :)
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: March 28th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I support March of Dimes for an entirely different reason.
It's my mom's favorite charity. As you know, it started originally as a drive for polio research when there was an epidemic of polio in the 1930s-1940s. My mom's sister Eileen unfortunately died of polio in 1945 or 46. My mom has always supported March of Dimes in her sister's memory, and since she gave me her sister's name as my middle name, I support it as well.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 28th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm very sorry that you never were able to know your Aunt Eileen, but I think it's a perfect reason to support the organisation.
From: black_op Date: March 28th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Take that!"
said the stealthy operative. (only in a good way : ^ )
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 28th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much.
From: black_op Date: March 28th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome. Anything for a good cause.
(Your still going to noogie Seth for me right?)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 30th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I noogie Seth for any old reason. :)
From: morganminstrel Date: March 28th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mentioned this in a message on your donate page, but I'll reiterate here:

Both my lovely wife and my mother were preemies, and FTT preemies at that! In fact, my mom wound up being a victim of the 1940s misunderstanding of the dangers of oxygen saturation in her incubator, which is part of what cost her about half her sight. So, even had I not held your beautiful babies, donation is a no-brainer from R and me. (Of course, I have held your lovely little ones, so there's even more reason!)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 28th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much. I was just reading your message on the MoD site. I didn't realize your mother had issues with her vision. Fortunately, as far as I understand, retinopathy of prematurity is becoming less common these days, now that they understand that one of the causes is O2 oversaturation... of course, it's in large part because of research from the MoD that advances and discoveries like that are made.

(Ellie, by the way, is doing much better...we still have to fortify her milk significantly, but at least we've got her growing)
From: morganminstrel Date: March 28th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!! :-D
suburban_mom From: suburban_mom Date: March 30th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
i found your journal through real_bethy and stopped by to take a peek. Although I can't help sponsor you, I would like permission to friend you. We have at least one thing in common, preemie people. I read back and bit and you are quite the mom, good work!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 30th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for popping in. I added you back, though I'll note that I very rarely read LJ's these days... just every couple weeks I skim through my friends' pages to try to catch up a bit.

Looks like just from your interests list that we've got a fair bit in common... preemies, parenthood, breastfeeding, judaism, love of a good single malt...
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