I’m still figuring what I’m going to be writing on this new blog. It will probably be about many things, though most Disney-related stuff will likely be posted on my blog over at MousePlanet. One thing that will likely be an integral part of the blog, however, is our experiences with the birth of our sons, one who was born at 22 weeks and only lived for five minutes, and one who was born at 28 weeks and will turn 12 just weeks from now.
I’ve got a number of stories that I have written, posted, deleted, rewritten and written again on previous iterations of this blog that I will touch up and post here about what we went through with our first son. I’ll add more stories about what we went through and continue to go through with our second son. But I’ll also talk about an amazing, important organization that I support and would appreciate if you supported them as well. I’m talking about the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes has kicked the butt of its first two targets, and has expanded its horizons once again. First it took down polio, its first foe, thanks to research into the disease and development of vaccines. Next, it wrestled birth defects into submission. Now, the March of Dimes is taking aim at premature birth, which is a major cause of death in newborns.
The March of Dimes is behind the development of several treatment regimens, some of which helped to keep our second son (known on the Internet as “The Kid”) alive when he was born too early. Decadron helped his lungs to develop, while surfactant therapy helped him to battle respiratory distress syndrome.
Without those two treatment regimens, The Kid would not be here today. That is one of the major reasons that I support the March of Dimes. It’s my way of giving back, of giving thanks that my son is alive.
And now to the point of this blog entry. I will be participating in the Fight for Preemies blog event. If you’re a blogger and you have a preemie or know someone with a preemie, sign up for the event and write about your special preemie on November 17. Join the Fight for Preemies, help to promote ways to decrease the likelihood of premature birth and advocate for legislation and funding to save the lives of more preemies. And donate, if you can, to the March of Dimes, either through my fundraising page, the fundraising page of someone else you know, or directly on the main March of Dimes site.
Today, my wife, The Kid and I are attending a Jewish High Holiday memorial service at the congregational cemetery, to honor and remember our first son. Preemies deserve a fighting chance. Join me in the Fight for Preemies to help more of the smallest, most fragile babies to survive — just like The Kid did. Help make the world a better place.