One of the most rewarding results of publishing my story has been the wonderful people I have met because of it. Leelee Klein and Gwen Noto of The Tiny Miracles Foundation, and Kasey Mathews, author of PREEMIE, are no exceptions!
The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping families with premature infants in the NICU in communities surrounding Fairfield County, Connecticut.
They know from personal experience that the premature birth of a child can be a shocking, isolating and frightening experience for many families. Although area hospitals are able to meet most premature infants’ medical needs, the emotional and other needs of the family during this fragile time often go largely unsupported. The Tiny Miracles Foundation seeks to fill this void by providing support, information, services and supplies to the families of premature infants regardless of race, religion or national origin, during and immediately following their hospital stay.
Through their programs, The Tiny Miracles Foundation strives to promote the best possible care for children born too early and those who love and care for them.
The Tiny Miracles Foundation is made up of parents of preemies from Fairfield County, Connecticut. They came together because they knew what it was like to fall through the looking glass and land in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
I am happy to say that Leelee and Gwen, who run TTMF, are now friends of mine. They reached out to me after my book was published and wanted to know if I would like to get involved with them. I jumped at the chance because of the great work they do!
The Westport Arts Center in Westport, CT was gracious enough to allow The Tiny Miracles Foundation to use their beautiful gallery to host a fundraising event on Thursday March 6, 2014. The event was called “An Evening of Reflection and Discussion” and myself and Kasey Mathews were the keynote speakers. Fourteen years ago Kasey’s daughter Andie was born a micro preemie and she is doing wonderful today! In PREEMIE, Kasey tells a very honest story of her family’s NICU time and how they all made it through. I laughed and cried with Kaesy as I read her book and I recommend it to anyone who needs to be inspired.
It was a beautiful night! Kasey and I read sections of our books as guests listened intently. We were given an opportunity to speak about our own experiences and answer questions from the crowd. But, my favorite part was when the guests got to speak to us and share their own experiences with pregnancy, premature deliveries, the NICU and life with a preemie. It is always so moving for me to hear other stories of heartbreak and triumph through prematurity. Everyone has a story to tell and I am so glad that I got to hear so many of them that night!
(From the left: Me, Kasey Mathews, Leelee Klein and Gwen Noto)
The Tiny Miracles Foundation is such a wonderful organization that was created through experience and love and I hope some of you reading this will visit their site and see how you can also become involved.
Thank you Leelee and Gwen for such a beautiful evening! I look forward to the next time we can work together.
And I also want to thank those who spoke up and told their stories at the “Evening of Reflection and Discussion”. These conversations make us all feel more connected!