We spent many days and many hours in the IWK Health Centre’s NICU, surrounded by an incredible team of nurses, doctors, social workers, etc. We were included on our girl’s daily rounds, we were taught how to show our love to babies that were in incubators, on ventilators, with oxygen probes, feeding tubes, IV’s, and heart rate monitors. We were taught how to change diapers on such tiny little bums. We experienced one of the most precious moments of a parent’s life in the NICU…kangaroo care.
We spent 124 days at the IWK, the first two weeks I was on strict bed rest, the next month felt like a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs. We prayed every day that someday we could take our girls home…Someday never came…on our 124th day, we left the hospital with only one baby carrier.
We left the IWK feeling incredibly empty. Lost. Broken-hearted. But at the same time, we felt gratitude. Love. Thankful. Our loss will never be forgotten, just as the support and care we received during a most difficult time will never be forgotten.
The IWK 5K – In Memory of Jessica, which takes place on Telethon Sunday every year, was created to commemorate our daughter and at the same time show our gratitude for the care we received for our girls at the IWK and also the support to myself and my husband after our daughter passed away. In 5 years we raised over $95,000, with every year growing exponentially. This money was raised several different ways, but the easiest and most significant way was through the IWK’s online fundraising tool – Friends Asking Friends.
Friends Asking Friends allows you to create your own personal fundraising page for the IWK Telethon for Children. By creating a personal page with our story and pictures through this free site, I was able to share my fundraising goals on social media and email it to friends and family from away who were unable to participate at the event. The more personal your page is, the more you will touch people’s hearts which ultimately helps raise vital dollars to ensure maritime families receive world class specialized care. Please help support this year’s IWK Telethon for Children and create your own personal fundraising page through the Friends Asking Friends website. You will be surprised how easy it is, and how quickly your goals will be reached!
Click here for details on how to create your own personal fundraising page for the IWK Foundation.