November 17th – Prematurity Awareness Day

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?

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6 Responses to November 17th – Prematurity Awareness Day

  1. WOW, $3000 that Avery and Sienna raised to help other babies. Simply Amazing! Mike and I will be delivering books to the NICU soon that we collected at Allie Grace’s 1st Birthday party last week in memory of her twin brother James Michael. We would love to hug your necks if you are there and even deliver another meal. I’ll email you a day or so before we would like to drop them off to see if you might be at the hospital then. Maybe we will do it Thanksgiving Day, that seems appropriate since we are so thankful to the NICU for all they did to get our sweet Allie Grace home to us November.

  2. Angel says:

    This is why I did this walk. To help those babies. to help my nieces. I will walk again in Spring

  3. So wonderful to hear about everyone’s generosity. We proudly display our wristbands and share your inspirational story of your tiny warrior with all our friends and family. As you know, this subject is near and dear to my heart. God bless.

  4. MoDBarb says:

    Thank you….Thank YOU!…for all you are doing to help Preemie babies. On behalf of the March of Dimes, thank you for blogging for Prematurity Awareness Day, and for joining in the Fight for Preemies. I know that your donations to support NICU families will be incredibly appreciated. With people like you joining us, we look forward to the day when babies will be born stronger and healthier. Thank you for all that you do.

  5. Shasta Brown says:

    I am so glad to hear that she did well. All I have thought about since I heard about her eye surgery is her. I am so glad she did well. I know the results won’t be known for a while but she is so strong to go through so much. I am hugging all of you. Hang in there.

  6. Michelle DeKoven says:

    Hi Robin,
    We haven’t spoken in a few years – since working together at City Year. But, I’ve been following your posts here and all that you and your husband and your beautiful little girls have been growing through. I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter Sienna. I am equally amazed by the strength of you, your husband and Avery. My daughter’s name is Avery Grace. In looking at her, I will continue to think about your Avery and Sienna Grace. I’m glad to hear Avery did so well with the surgery. She truly is a rock star. Hang in there and know how many people are praying for you all.
    Michelle

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