Dear Family and Friends,

For the month of May I am participating in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s Daisy Day 31-Day Challenge! I have pledged to walk or jog, but let's be real just walk for 31 days to support cutting-edge research and care at CHOP!

Why I Participate

Personally speaking, I do this for my daughter and the experience we had when I gave birth to her 2 years ago. There were a lot of emotions, a lot of what-ifs, and a lot of prayers. My husband and I had the opportunity to be humbled in a way that forever changed us. We are lucky enough to have a daughter who was born not breathing, who was said to have had seizures at birth, who was rushed to CHOP and put on a cold bed for days without food, who was hooked up to an EEG machine, given an MRI at 5 days old, was given a prognosis of maybe never walking or talking, and who turned out to be the biggest miracle of our lives. The guilt I had and have for being given this blessing often goes under the radar because life continues happening, but every time I think about CHOP and what they have done to save my daughter's and our quality of life humbles me again. 

The money raised this year will again go to the Neonatal Unit, where I hope every family has the chances we did and the end result we have. Nothing of the future is ever written in stone, but CHOP has eased my mind when it comes to my daughter living healthily and happily. Today she is a toddler with the biggest smile, heart and of course personality. She not only walks, but runs. And, she not only talks, but sings (all the wrong words) to every song she knows. 

While there a baby named Jordan passed away in the room next to Val, and I often think about her. I hope her parents have found, at the very least, a small level of peace knowing that their daughter is an angel. This money is also in honor of Jordan and Will, Val's cousin who also started life at CHOP and is the other half to this CUZ & EFFECT team! [He's the cute ginger.]

How You Can Help
Consider supporting me by making a tax-deductible donation as I take on the 100 mile Challenge to raise money for sickle cell research and care at CHOP. 

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