Noah Matthew Reichert was born on Tuesday, July 3rd and in true Reichert fashion, he made quite an entrance! Approximately 3 weeks early, we quickly noticed that Noah was not like other babies. He didn't cry, slept a lot and has been unable to eat on his own. Since his arrival he has been in the NICU, first at Rex Medical Center and then UNC Chapel Hill being looked after by amazing nurses, doctors, and of course his two amazing parents. I wouldn't wish the NICU life on anyone. Having to watch my brother and sister-in-law leave their precious baby boy each night to go home with out him is gut wrenching. On Friday, July 13th Noah was diagnosed with Prader Willi Syndrome. PWS is a rare and complex genetic disorder that occurs in approximately 1 out of every 15,000 births. It is characterized by low muscle tone, short stature, cognitive impairments, behavioral issues and chronic feelings of insatiable hunger. It is the leading cause of life-threatening childhood obesity. This year for my birthday I'm asking that you join me in raising awareness and funds for Prader Willi research. Before Noah, I had never heard of PWS. There is only ONE organization in the country dedicated to the support of individuals and families with PWS. If you know me at all, you know that family is the thing that is most important to me. Please join me in celebrating LIFE and FAMILY by donating and supporting research for Prader Willi Syndrome.