Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Raising IUGR Awareness and Funds for Graham's Foundation

This week, my family completed a virtual 5K walk to increase awareness concerning Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), a medical condition that affects the growth of babies in the womb, and raise funds for the Graham's Foundation. 

We proudly participated in the IUGR Awareness Day Virtual 5K in honor of my daughter, Emily, who was diagnosed with IUGR and born at 28 weeks gestation -- weighing one pound, eight ounces.

In order to garner public attention, stay warm, and avoid snow and ice, we completed the virtual 5K at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is part of the National Air and Space Museum located in Chantilly, Virginia. 

IUGR, Virtual 5K, Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center, IUGR Awareness

We proudly donned IUGR Awareness Day bibs at the museum. The three of us walked the museum multiple times -- until we reached 3.1 miles. 

IUGR, Virtual 5K, Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Graham's Foundation

IUGR, Virtual 5K, Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

I'd like to thank family and friends who joined my Preemie Blessings Team to support IUGR babies, like Emily, and help the Graham's Foundation. Special thanks to Craig, Cindy, Katy, Becca, Jennifer, Mary, Lynn, Phyllis and Terry. Thank you for your participation as well as your donations. 

I'd also like to thank all of my readers for your amazing thoughts this week -- particularly as we work to educate the community about IUGR. 

IUGR Awareness Day is this Friday, March 13. Do you plan to celebrate this important day?  In recognition of IUGR Awareness Day, please comment below with one word that you think best describes an IUGR baby (such as, blessing, miracle, gift, etc.)  I look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your efforts to raise awareness about IUGR.

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