Avery was transferred safely back to Fairfax Inova NICU today and received a glowing report from her eye surgeon before departing from Georgetown. He is very pleased with her progress and we are happy to see that she is recovering well. As I held her last night and she chomped with fervor on her pacifier, strength just radiated out of her little body. That girl’s got moxie!
In honor of the “Tiny Warriors” on Prematurity Awareness Day, Quin and I are presenting donations to the March of Dimes totaling $3000 to support local NICU families. This amount was collected from near and far over the last several months and we know each dollar was sent with love for our family. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We are honored that over 600 people around the world are wearing a pink tiny warrior wristband, and so far over 40,000 people have visited our story on “The Long Journey Home.” Wow.
The rate of premature birth has risen more than 30 percent since 1981. In half the cases, we simply don’t understand what went wrong. The March of Dimes is leading the fight for answers. And, ultimately, preventions. To create awareness for the campaign, March of Dimes has designated November as Prematurity Awareness Month, and designated November 17th as Prematurity Awareness Day.
Did you know that 1 in 8 pregnancies result in premature birth?
That premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns?
That 1400 babies a day are born prematurely?