High Risk Hope is an organization that provides support to moms and families facing pregnancy challenges and/or life in the NICU. In my case, I experienced both. My pregnancy was deemed high risk upon learning that Emerson was growth restricted at around 16 weeks. Being admitted to the hospital at 24 weeks and 5 days, I remember the feeling of uncertainty I had and honestly, being a bit scared. After spending a full week on bed rest, I will never be able to explain the feeling and tears of relief I felt when I heard Emerson crying when he was born. That one moment of relief was overcome with more feelings of uncertainty shortly after because I knew the long journey we were in for and that my son would have to fight.
Now that I am on the other side of NICU life, it is so important for me to bring awareness to what families go through and organizations like High Risk Hope (HRH) that make an impact on our lives everyday. I remember receiving my Bed Rest Bag from HRH, and I was so thankful and honestly surprised. There was a number of useful things in the bag to help through my hospital stay, but the one thing that meant the most to me was the purple blanket. I immediately started using it and still use it to this day.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to give back to this organization and our community by walking in their annual Tot Trot. Our team is Emerson’s Brave Champions, and we are encouraging donations of ANY amount because no amount is too small. Click Emerson’s Brave Champions to learn more! Here is a visual representation of how HRH uses the funding:
Emerson was also voted to be in the HRH Calendar, and we are so excited for that! He was like a little superstar on the day of his photo shoot:
The HRH Calendar features so many babies who are truly little miracles. We are blessed to have Emerson be a part of it.
Thank you to everyone who has ever donated to this organization and those who will. HRH has had a great impact on our family, and it is an honor to be a part of the impact they will make on so many families now and in the future.