Friday, April 10, 2009

March of Dimes Walk for Babies

Please support Karen Myers as she participate's in March of Dimes Walk for Babies' campaign.

May 16, 2009
200 North Crickett Drive
San Antonio, TX 78226

In Loving Memory of (cherub) Kaleigh 2002 and William 2005

Posted by their mom, Karen:

This will be our family's 5th year to participate in March for Babies for March of Dimes and I am happy to say we have had great success with the help of our family and friends. The March of Dimes has supported research for the birth defect Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) that Kaleigh was born and passed away from. We found out when I was 20 weeks pregnant that she would be born with this devastating birth defect and the Dr.s gave her a 60% chance to live. From the moment she was born (full term on her due date) she faced the fight of her life. She was immediately placed on a ventilator and after 3 days of fighting to keep her stable she was placed on Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) a heart lung bypass machine. She spent 9 days on it then was taken off to have surgery to repair her defect and take her stomach, intestines, spleen and tip of her liver out of her chest and place them back into her abdomen where they belonged so what little lung she had could start to grow and work. Unfortunately on her 17th day of life her body couldn't oxygenate itself even with artificial help due to such immature and malformed lungs and we held our daughter for the very first and last time as her heart stopped beating. She gave us the most precious 17 days and fought with all her might and we love and miss her. Unfortunately our family then had to experience the heartbreak all over again as we learned when I was 27 weeks pregnant that our son William Logan's heart had stopped beating and he was born an angel due to Non-immune Hydrops Fetalis. It broke our hearts knowing he would never know his mommy or daddy's touch. The March of Dimes is wonderful in providing detailed and helpful information for families with children born with birth defects. I know they were a great resource for me and my family. The funds we raise may seem like a drop in the bucket but every little bit counts and hopefully one day I will stop meeting families who have had to endure the heartbreak of loosing a child, whether it be to prematurity, birth defects or illness.

Please join our family by signing up to walk on our team, fund raise for the team or by donating.....we can save babies together.


The Myers Family

Will, Karen, Alec, Aubrey and Jackson

Remembering Kaleigh and William Logan always........FOREVER OUR SUNSHINES!!

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

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