Something many people don’t know about me is that I was a preterm baby. I was born at 30.5 weeks, weighing in at just 3 lbs and 11 oz. and while I arrived very early and I was very little, I have always been a fighter.
I spent my first month of life in the NICU surrounded by amazing nurses and doctors. My parents spent their days and nights at the hospital and family and friends came visit while I got stronger, gained weight, and learned how to eat and breathe on my own.
My parents have told me so many stories about my time in the NICU. Most importantly, they told me about the amazing doctors and nurses who took care of me. Since I was able to leave the hospital after a month, I am considered one of the lucky ones for preterm babies. My success story is due to the care of the nurses and doctors. Not only did they attend to my medical needs, they always made sure that my parents had support and understood what was happening to me at all times. Even though it was a very scary time for my parents, the care and support of the staff at the NICU assured my parents that I was in the best care available.
For my Mitzvah Project, I decided to raise money for March of Dimes to help families get the best care and support at the most important time for a preterm baby like I was.
Thank you for your support,