Hi friends! I am Iris Crystal Aleman’s Aunt. Two years ago our beautiful baby niece went to heaven on the day of her birth due to complications with preterm birth. I never got to hold Iris or tell her how much she was already loved and adored. I didn’t get the opportunity to tell her all the hysterical and fun stories about her mom that only an auntie would know. And I will never get to introduce her to her bigger cousins or get to wear the same pajamas as her at Christmas.
But what I can do, is help ensure that her legacy goes on and makes a vital impact for other families. And you can help to!
Unbelievably, in 2019 we still do not know what causes normal labor. WHAT!?!? Yep. It’s true. Despite the fact that women have been giving birth since, well forever, doctors cannot tell you what begins the labor process. Which means, that if we can’t determine the trigger for full term labor, how can we ever prevent preterm labor from happening? As of now we can’t. At least not definitively.
Knowing this, Iris’ parents partnered with the amazing doctors at the Preterm Birth Prevention Center, at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center to create the Iris Fund for Translational Science Research. This fund is designated to support the research of these doctors (medical doctors as well as engineers) to determine how labor starts and then develop therapies to prevent it in preterm cases.
In support of this research I am running the Ridgefield Half Marathon with my family and some friends to raise money and awareness of this issue that is near and dear to us.
Please join us in ensuring more families don’t have to go through what we have and that Iris’ legacy makes an everlasting mark!
You can learn more about the fund and research at www.theirisfund.org. All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support!
PS. I’ll be posting updates on my training through my Instagram account @lindseyczarob and occasionally on this site. Follow me on insta or check back here to see how it’s going!