Hey y’all! So I don’t do this, but this cause is near and dear to my heart so I’m posting this here.
For those of you who don’t know, my niece Olivia Jean was born St. Paddy’s Day 2009, seven weeks early, after she was diagnosed with prenatal cardiac edema (fluid around the heart) and pulmonary valve stenosis, complicated or caused by another prenatal condition called intrauterine growth restriction which itself was caused by hyperemesis gravidarum, which essentially meant that my sister was allergic to the pregnancy hormones and spent the seven months she was pregnant in and out of the hospital due to extreme morning sickness.
Olivia was born at 3lbs, 8oz, and spent the first two months of her life in the Newark Beth Israel NICU, and underwent heart surgery before she was even three months old.
Thankfully, she is now a happy and healthy and rambunctious and willful three-year-old. But a lot of premature babies don’t have the chance to reach her age, due to a lack of research and lack of funding to do research.
This Sunday, my sisters and my mother are participating in a March of Dimes 5K. If you can even spare $10, please donate to their team.
You can donate here. Thank you!