On November 22, 2002 my mother was diagnosed with the flu. The next week, on November 28, she was admitted into the hospital because of complications of the flu. She was 21 weeks pregnant with me at the time. On December 10, 2002 I was born 17 weeks premature, at 1 pound 11 ounces. I remained in the hospital until April of 2003. Today, 18 years later, as a thriving former preemie, I am fundraising to help other babies who were born to soon. Premature births (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and its complications are the #1 cause of death of babies in the United States. Babies who survive premature birth often have long-term health problems, including cerebrl palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss. The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign aims to reduce premature birth in the United States and to give every baby a fair chance for a healthy full-term birth.
Will you to donate $11.10, $110.00, or whatever touches your heart, to help those babies born to soon.