This little girl has already been showered with so many gifts & goodies, that this year for Christmas, if you'd like to get Emily a gift, we'd love to put together a donation on Emily's behalf to some important organizations, as well as a large gift for the family.
Half of the funds raised here will be donated to the Edward Hospital NICU Volunteer Program as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A little bit about both:
Laura & Mike have been so grateful for the Edward Hospital NICU, where Emily has received such great care for these past few weeks. The NICU works with a volunteer program that provides support & supplies for the families, including a Preemie Octopus friend for the babies there. The octopus legs give the babies a sense of familiarity (they're used to "playing" with the umbilical cord in the womb), and holding the octopus tentacles is preferred to pulling on any tubes or wires they have while at the NICU.
^Emily & her Octopus, Ginky.
In addition, we'll be donating to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, whose mission is "to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.”
The second half of funds raised will go toward gift cards for Laura & Mike to help cover upcoming unexpected expenses: gas gift cards for trips to the CF doctor at Rush, Amazon gift cards to help with high-cost enzymes and vitamins, and Target gift cards for other essentials.
This gift will be shared with Laura, Mike, and Emily on Christmas - I'll make a big card for them with everyone's names to show our love & support. Feel free to send this link to other friends & family who might be interested! However, PLEASE do not post on any social media, so that Laura & Mike don't see it, and because it is a personal story that is up to them whether or not it is shared publicly.
Thank you in advance - Emily is lucky to have so many supporting, loving, wonderful people in her circle!!
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