Today is the March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Day.
Why do I care about such a thing?
Here's the answer:
That's Will, not long after he was born. Still hard for me to look at these pictures, even seven years later.
Twenty-five weeks gestation.
Weight of one pound, 10 ounces.
Three and a half months in the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit.
His early start in life came with a myriad of health problems, which he bravely and stubbornly battles still today, as he is developmentally delayed, with mild cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder.
However, as you probably do know, he is a bright, funny, creative, sweet-natured fellow who is the light of my life and my primary focus and inspiration.
The March of Dimes folks have set up a online petition that you can sign indicating your support for more public research dollars to identify causes of preterm labor and prematurity, and to identify and test promising interventions. No donation is necessary -- just your virtual John or Jane Hancock.
If you're so inclined, please take a second to check this out -- I've got a handy-dandy place to sign right here in the sidebar of the blog. If you're even more inclined and curious and would like to read more about our journey, check out my blog pieces entitled The Will Chronicles.
As you can imagine, I'm more than passionate about this cause and wanted to share a bit of that with y'all.
Thanks and love.