World Prematurity Day
Today is International World Prematurity Day ( and my sweet nephew’s birthday who may read this!) and with your generous donations , I was able to complete the 42 kms today.
World Prematurity Day is recognised globally as a day to raise the profile of preterm babies , the associated deaths of preterm births, the risks and disabilities faced by these babies and their families, with the purpose of increasing awareness and providing cost effective solutions.
Throughout the month of November, we will continue to run everyday, to raise the funds and profile of our tiniest babies.
For many families that have extended NICU stays, the NICU is often the easiest part of the journey, surrounded by incredible Doctors, nurses and allied health teams - and at discharge, your largely on your own & you have to deal with a range of issues , home oxygen included and figuring out oxygen requirements.
There are often additional tests, hospital visits, the requirement to stay home and the very real fear of germs , loss of oxygen and return hospital visits with 60 percent of very preterm babies re-admitted within the first 2 years and very often the first 12 months with a “common cold”.
The success of your NICU stay, often determines and gives you an insight on how smooth or bumpy your discharge journey will be at home.
Parents of preterm babies are often exhausted at discharge only to start another long journey and it’s no surprise that parents ( both mother and father) have a 2.5 time greater chance of PND.
By raising funds for NICU units, you are providing preterm babies with greater chances of survival and better outcomes, which makes the discharge journey so much easier.
Thank you for your kindness, generosity and for helping save the lives of our babies.
Today we started our Premmie Marathon ChallengeThank you everybody for your incredible kindness & generosity !
Thank you , Shukran, Dankie, Gracias, Dhan'ya da
We are overwhelmed with the INCREDIBLE support & love shown to the fundraising effort for Running4Prems.
From the very generous donations, to the shares of the page - thank you so very much.
We have been able to double our initial goal & every dollar raised will go into saving the life of a baby.
Sophie - the founder of this Charity reached out & has very graciously donated some premmie shirts & gifted a copy of her book ( Sophie’s Boys) to one of my dear friends & a fellow NICU mum who has recently graduated from NICU all the way in England.
We can’t wait to see little Ru, Nicole & Miles Halahan spread the message and awareness right across the pond!
Thank you again.
With sincere gratitude
Eesa, Zayd & Zainab
PS: Hey Lachy Wiggle - we are the #1 team & I do have to play “Wake up Lachy” 50 thousand times a day & ride a fake ponzo the pony - feel free to reach out .. at your Brisbane show ?
Inside the Mater Preterm NICU with Director , Dr Birch & ICU Nurse Karina who both cared for our family
The Mater NICU Unit
Running for Premature Babies Fundraising MarathonThroughout the month of November ( Premature Birth Awareness Month) I will be running a minimum of 3km a day to raise much needed funds for neonatal units around Australia.
Giving Back To the Community that Saved our Son
In 2018 we welcomed our son much earlier than planned & like 26,000 other Australian parents - we became part of the NICU family.
spent 2 months at the Mater Mother's Neonatal Critical Care Unit ( NICU), experiencing incredible highs &
the lowest of lows.
can quite prepare you for the day you leave hospital without your baby &
the accompanying nights
adjusting to waking up to a “ pumping alarm” as opposed to a hungry
After 2 months we graduated from NICU and like many other parents, our journey was far from over - oxygen meters, self isolation, hand sanitiser and social distancing have been part of premmie families lives long before COVID-19 made it popular!
Despite all of the above - we are the lucky ones - some babies don’t ever make it home.
Had it not been for the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Mater's NICU and the generous donations of people committed to providing premature babies with the best chance of survival, our sweet boy would not be here today.
Why this Fundraiser?
for Premature babies was set up by a NICU Mom - Sophie Smith, after loosing her
triplet sons in 2006. Sophie has gone through unimaginable grief,
loosing not only her triplets, but later her husband Ash, to brain cancer in
During Sophie and her late husbands NICU journey, like Zayd and I, they became aware that the NICU's across Australia relied heavily on the support of donations and thus Running for Premature Babies was born.
They have raised in excess of $4M and continue to raise the profile and awareness of premature babies while fundraising for much needed critical care equipment.
Anybody that knows me - will know very well a running challenge is far ABOVE my means.
I was taken aback one night when I saw a photo of a premmie being transported closer to her home, in one of the machines donated by this fundraiser.
As I scrolled through the fundraising page, in another photo I recognised the same nursery we had spent 3 weeks in , where there was often a short supply of the sort after armchairs for Kangaroo Care (doubled as a sleeping chair!) - and this very fundraiser had donated some new armchairs to the nursery!
I know first hand just how much that would mean to so many moms and dads.
Our son is absolutely Wiggles obsessed and when I saw the opportunity to join his hero - Lachy Wiggle's fundraising team - I had no other option other than to sign up.
Over the past few weeks we have all virtually been training and as part of Lachy' s team, we will be running 3 km each day for the duration of November - with the view of spreading awareness of Premature Babies and their fight, honoring those that have lost their fight to survive and raising money to improve the survival and outcomes for premature babies.
Please - no donation is too small - any $1 contributed will go into saving the life of a baby.
!!!!!Please DONATE for babies and families just like ours!!!!!
Thank you to my Sponsors
Yusra Adams Jangda
Nicole Halahan (kettley)
Andrew & Asiya Trosic
Jayme Brennan Hair
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