A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds
Sunday May 7th was the Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day to raise money for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Although it was a bit chilly, we were so happy that it didn’t rain like it did last year!
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is a member of the larger Westchester Medical Center. They are a pediatric hospital committed to providing the most advanced care available to more than 20,000 critically ill infants and children each year. It’s the embodied vision of hundreds of parents, medical professionals and community leaders who had a fervent desire to create a “family-centered” children’s hospital where parents are not visitors but partners, and where the unique creative surroundings are an integral part of the healing process. They have that down pat!
What makes Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital so unique?
That’s why we walk and that’s where the donations go!
Team From Hope to Joy had a Superstar Tent and a pretty good turnout. Unfortunately the walk fell on the same day as family Communion, so we had a few less people than normal, but that didn’t stop us!
The walkers were treated to bagels, donuts, granola bars, water, juice and coffee both before and after the walk.
There was a huge bubble truck cranking out bubbles for the kids to run through and pop; two bounce houses, and a tent with games with prizes!
Also, there were a few princesses and Star Wars characters walking around for photo ops.
Many members of Westchester’s Iowa Style Wrestling club showed up to walk with our team and support the hospital. Thanks guys!
Team From Hope to Joy raised over $4500 for the hospital and we hope to continue to support them at the walk each and every year. Visit our team page by clicking HERE.
We were the #5 on the Top Teams list. Check it out HERE:
It just so happens that May 7th was also Parents of Preemies Day- a day started by Graham’s Foundation to show support for the parents who love and nurture the premature babies of the world. You can read more about Parents of Preemie’s Day by clicking HERE.
Click HERE to read about and see some pictures of last year’s walk.
You can still donate for another week or so by clicking on our Team Page.
Thanks for your support and we hope to see you at the 2018 Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day.
Yesterday was Parents of Preemies Day and it was amazing. We got to celebrate by participating in a walk to raise money for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. It was called the Go the Distance Walk. We love to raise money for them because Joy spent 121 days in their NICU after her 23-week birth.
Our team (From hope to Joy) had about 30 walkers. There were so many activities for the family. Home Depot had a large table where kids could build birdhouses and toolboxes. There was face painting, dancing, bounce houses etc… It was such a wonderful day to celebrate Parents of Preemies Day.
Parents of Preemies Day was created by the Graham’s Foundation. It’s a global day to recognize the courage and commitment it takes to stay strong and resilient when a premature birth turns a family’s world upside down. The Graham’s Foundation supports families with babies in the NICU by offering financial and emotional support to them.
After the Go the Distance Walk was over, I got to participate in a Twitter chat in honor Parents of Preemies Day. It was exhilarating! So many preemie parents shared their stories and advice while others reached out for help. It was such a wonderful way to feel connected to other people who are currently going through or have gone through the same thing. I hope that we can all do it again soon.
Thank you to my team walkers today! We had great weather and a great time raising money for the Maria Farari Children’s Hospital. And thank you Graham’s Foundation for creating Parents of Preemies Day and to those who joined in our Twitter chat day.
Click here if you want to learn more about the Graham’s Foundation and the amazing work that they do.
Click here if you would like to donate to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in honor of Joy and our team FROM HOPE TO JOY.
Happy Parents of Preemies Day!
Preemie Parents: How did you celebrate the day?