We are Marching for Babies! Please consider supporting us in giving back to the March of Dimes, an organization that has changed our lives, by making a gift to help us reach our fundraising goal. Our link is on the left side of the blog, or you can go to www.marchforbabies.org/byrnebabies.
During the last year, our eyes have been opened to a world we knew nothing about. We became parents :) There is nothing like it! Being a mom, or dad, is indescribably joyous!
As you know, our familiy has also had our share of hurdles. The March of Dimes focuses on medical advances for preemies through research, and support for families dealing with a premature birth or the loss of a child. The organization is also leading the way to prevent future premature births through education. Both research and education will help prevent any more babies from having to spend the first year of his life away from his family.
To make it personal - the research component of this organization has no doubt played a part in saving the lives of our three children and improving their future quality of life. To be even more specific, and in an effort to keep it short and sweet, they have played a huge role in the medical advances of caring for premature lungs. From the shots I received prior to their birth, to the use of surfactant, to new ventilator standards that protect premature lungs, our babies lungs have been aided every step of the way by research that gets better and better every day. In fact, mild BPD, Samuel's lung disease, is now extremely rare because of medical advances in just the last 5-10 years. Of course our hope is that in the next 5-10 years the research will improve enough to wipe out the severe cases of BPD too :)
Olivia, George, and Samuel are more special than I ever could have imagined. We absolutely love being parents.
Our three miracles :)