Saturday, February 5, 2011

Check out our new movie :)

David and I have taken on a big challenge this spring… our family of five is the Ambassador Family for the 2011 Beaufort March of Dimes! During the last two years, 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! Our eyes were also opened to the world of premature babies. Again, there is nothing like it. You can watch part of our story by clicking here:

As you know, our family has had our share of hurdles (and miracles!). The March of Dimes does many things for babies, just a piece of that is research about the causes of premature births and treatment for babies who are born too early. This research, just one piece of that being medical advances for premature lungs, is one of the main reasons our babies, Olivia, George, and Samuel are still with us... and doing so well :) In fact, mild forms of 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 :)

As you might imagine, this is more than a fundraiser for us. This is a chance to give back to the organization that made a difference in our lives, specifically the lives of our three children born between 1 lb 9 oz and 2 lb 12 oz. We truly hope you will consider one or more of the following:

  • Make a donation! (Click on the link on the right side of this page.)
  • Join us to walk! We want a crowd there on April 16th showing Beaufort's support for babies. Regardless of what you're able to give, please come and march with us. (Let me know you’re coming!)
  • Join us on our team, The Early Birds, in raising money for babies! (From the link above, you can also Join Our Team and create your own personal fundraising page.)
  • Forward our youtube and fundraising page to others :)

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. We are walking in March for Babies because we want to do something about this. The money we raise will go directly to programs and research... $.93 of every dollar to be exact. It will also help to decrease the chances another baby will have to be in the hospital for 14 months, away from his family, like Samuel. Please join us.

Thank you for the support you have already shown our family! The loving thoughts, prayers, and words from our family, our friends, and our community lifted us up during some very down times. Olivia, George, and Samuel are more special than I ever could have imagined. We absolutely love being parents.

Together... at HOME!


Lindsey said...

That is just AWESOME! We will be donating again and I will put a post on my blog about you guys. Happy 2nd Byrne babies!!

Kelly said...

WOW!!! What an AMAZING and inspiring video! We'll be making a donation in honor and celebration of the Byrne Babies! I know you are so very proud of Olivia, George and Samuel!!! You should be proud of yourselves for everything you've done to support and love those beautiful babes!