Today’s post was written by Parent Mentor, author, and blogger Michelle, who writes at Preemie Blessings.
Are you looking for a way to give back to Graham’s Foundation? I’d like to invite you to participate in a virtual 5K which will help raise funds for the Graham’s Foundation and increase awareness about Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), a medical condition that affects the growth of babies in the womb.
As a mother to a premature IUGR baby, who received a helpful care package and peer support from the Graham’s Foundation, this virtual race has significant meaning to my family and friends. It’s our chance to give back to the Graham’s Foundation for all of the love and continued support we receive.
We plan to walk in the virtual 5K in honor of my daughter, Emily, who was diagnosed with IUGR and born at 28 weeks gestation — weighing one pound, eight ounces. It is our hope that participation in this walk will help raise awareness and funds for the Graham’s Foundation so that the organization can touch the lives of even more preemie parents.
Would you be interested in walking with me?
Signing up is easy! Just head to the following website: https://iugrvirtual5k.webconnex.com/2015
You can sign up as an individual. If you like, you can even form a team.
I created a team called Preemie Blessings. Several friends and family members have joined my team and will be walking on behalf of my daughter, preemies, and IUGR babies across the globe. You’re welcome to join my team, create your own, or register as an individual.
When registering, you’ll even have the opportunity to sign-up to receive a finisher’s medal. I love bling and know that the medal will be a great keepsake for my daughter.
Of course, virtual 5Ks are a somewhat new phenomenon — so let me explain the details of the event.
The virtual 5K event will start on March 11, 2015, and will end on March 13, 2015, which is IUGR Awareness Day. Since the 5K is virtual, participants can choose their own course and whether to walk, run, prance, gallop, crawl, use the treadmill, or head to the outdoors to complete the race. Participants will also have the opportunity to complete the race all at once, or divide it into shorter segments over the allotted time-frame.
I’m not sure exactly what the weather will be like in early March, but I hope to include Emily and our dog, Bentley, our walk — and maybe even some other preemie families and friends impacted by IUGR. I’ll wear my race bib, which will hopefully generate some attention in my community. In addition, I’ll try to find a creative way to decorate Emily’s stroller to garner some additional interest.
I hope you’ll consider joining me for this virtual 5K. I think this is a worthy effort and I’m excited that the proceeds will benefit the Graham’s Foundation. If you take the next step and register for the important race, please comment on this post and let me know who you’ll be honoring during this virtual 5K. Thanks for your consideration and strong support.