On September 1, 2010, Aaron’s cousin Angie gave birth to Anna, Lucy and Brenna at only 25 weeks. Each girl weighed just 1 lb, 8 oz each – they were the same size as a beanie baby. After multiple surgeries, infections, blood transfusions and 77, 79 and 152 days in the NICU, respectively, all 3 girls made it home. Angie and Brad Kamps know that it’s a true miracle that they now have 3 active toddlers. They decided to become involved with the March of Dimes to support their cause of prematurity awareness and research, as well as to celebrate the lives of their little miracles. You can read more about their story here.
If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you know that our family has been working on raising funds for this year’s March for Babies for the last month or more. (If you’re friends with me on Facebook and you don’t know that, you must be hiding under a virtual rock, because we’ve been pushing our fundraising efforts pretty hard 🙂 ) The other day, I had someone ask me why we were participating. We had 2 healthy pregnancies and 2 healthy babies, so what was our motivation?
And for me, that’s just it. We had healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. In the last 3 years, we haven’t had any major health issues with our kids. Chloe Mae was in the hospital once overnight for dehydration and had an outpatient procedure for tubes in her ears. Devon’s biggest problem so far is a stuffy nose and perpetually goopy eyes. And yet, my heart still aches whenever my kids have colds or an upset stomach and I probably stress more when they have to get shots at their normal check-ups than they do. Wouldn’t it be nice if the biggest worry for all parents was a cold or a couple quick pokes in their babies thigh??
Last year, I raised around $100 and Aaron raised around $125. I didn’t want to be bested by my husband again, so we decided to start a friendly competition to see who could raise more money this year. Well, thanks to some generous donations by friends and family and a very successful “Tip Night” at Pizza Ranch that we helped organize, our personal totals so far this year are $753 (me) and $735 (Aaron). Our new goal, 2 weeks before the walk, is to raise $1000 each – well, I’d like to raise $1001, just so I can have bragging rights this year!! It’s a lofty goal, but we’re determined to do it.
Here’s our ‘plan of attack’:
-We were already baking some goodies for a Team Kamps^3 bake sale this weekend, so we made some extra and we’re selling them at our garage sale this weekend. We’re hoping to cash in on the cuteness quotient of our kids and have them, especially Chloe Mae, do some sales for us. Devon’s not much of a talker 😉
-We’ll be having an online auction with goods donated from area businesses. Stay tuned next week for more details.
-And, of course, we’re open to donations from more of our wonderful friends and family. To make a tax-deductible donation, go to www.marchforbabies.org/bjmortvedt