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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Monday, May 6

March thank you

Potty update: Finn was wet this morning, but he wanted to let me know two things: 1. He still wants to go to Choo Choo Bob's (yes, Finn, it isn't like the deal was you had to stay dry UNTIL we went there!) and 2. He WILL be dry tonight. I guess he is determined and optimistic!

March of Dimes March for Babies 2013

This is a week over due. I hadn't uploaded the pictures so I kept postponing my recap. First of all, a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you who made a donation. It really means so much to us, since we know there are lots of worthy charities out there and only so much money to spread to all that are important to you. Thank you! We raised the most we ever have to date: $1515!! In addition to that, Kristine's team raised over $500 so combined, Finn's Team raised $2090!!!! That is a crazy lot of money.

Second of all, we could NOT have asked for better weather for the walk. Finn's Team just getting to Como Park:
Grandma, Jim, Finn, Korri, Auntie Kristine and Zander (and mommy...taking the pic, obviously). We missed the professional group pics...darn it! The kids were good, but got a little squirrelly toward the end, which is to be expected. A snuggle with Grandma makes it all better:
There was over 6,000 walkers, which is amazing.

Third of all, and perhaps most important, your gift doesn't just mean a lot to us personally, it is so important to the March of Dimes. With 1 in 8 babies born prematurely in our country, lifesaving research and programs are needed to give more babies a shot at a healthy life. I've said it before but I will say it again (and again!), I truly believe Finn would not have made it without the help of MANY devices and treatments, but specifically surfactant. March of Dimes helped develop surfactant therapy, which was introduced in 1990, and has reduced deaths by two-thirds! I just want you to know that your donations make a huge difference in REAL ways. In addition to research on how to help babies born too early, March of Dimes also does research on preventing premature labor to begin with. Your donation changed lives.

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