Dear Family and Friends,

Last year this time I went through the craziest day of my life, followed by the scariest week of my and my husband's lives.  I became a mom and within those first few amazing minutes my baby girl was taken from me and sent to CHOP. They said she came out with a tight cord around her neck and was experiencing seizure symptoms; she later would be diagnosed with HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.)

She was placed on a cooling bed within the first three hours of her life. After three days they raised her temperature back up to a livable rate and monitored her all while hooked up to an EEG machine.  She received an MRI, but also the best care in the world by the best nurses, neurologists and doctors. I am so grateful for my family, friends, God, saints and of course CHOP for helping my daughter Val so far be unaffected. She is reaching all milestones and for lack of a better term is normal. I think she's better than normal; but hey, I am her mom! 

Help me make another kid thrive and maybe next year his or her mom can write a post like this! I am participating in The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s Daisy Day 31-Day Challenge! I have pledged to try to jog, but probably walk for 31 days for the kids at CHOP, but especially in honor of an angel Jordan, a baby who passed away in the room next to us during our stay at the NICU. 

Please support me by making a tax-deductible donation as I take on the
100 mile Challenge to raise money for Neonatal Care at CHOP. 

Thank you for helping to find cures and make a difference in the lives of the kids at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia!

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