Sunday, December 18, 2011

Great news! Let's go further!

We made it... with your support we did indeed meet our target for this year’s Loki Sky and his NICU Friends Holiday Fund! We are very, very excited and grateful .

We won’t, however, disclose the exact amount until the check is handed over to the NICU. Due to reasons beyond our control this won’t happen until the week after Christmas, unlike earlier plans. Our ambassador Mascha will visit the NICU and offer the check on behalf of everybody who donated money. We want to honor all our donors and write your name on a letter handed to the NICU at time of delivery. If you do not want to be mentioned please let us know before Saturday the 24th, in that case we will respectfully delete your name from the public list.

The benefit of this little delay is that, if you are still considering donating, we can accept donations until Tuesday the 27th of December. Although we met our goal, let’s see how far we can take this fund. The more money we are able to donate, the more families we will be able to help out.

The social workers at the NICU are some of the professionals who know better than anyone else the challenges and hardships that families face. We want to share a few words from NICU social worker Misty Schutltz. Misty is someone who has made a big difference for many NICU families, including Loki Sky and some of his friends.

Misty Schultz: "The families are always VERY appreciative of any assistance. The money is nice as we can get gift certificates, which provide the parents with choice—item, color style—which is very empowering—going shopping for your own child. The money you gather for us at Christmas lasts the entire year. We save it for the neediest families so they can purchase car seats, clothing, blankets, bassinets or other essential infant care items for their preemie. I have a story of someone who got much needed help--- a young 20 year old single mom of a 2 year old who delivered premature twins. She had very little family support. She had nothing for the twins, literally nothing in the entire, and we were able to help her get all infant supplies to help care for her babies."

Also, a quote from Loki Sky’s mama: "I very well remember those first scary months of Loki’s life. In particular, I remember a moment where I walked the NICU hallways after scrubbing my hands, which at that time were hurting and a bit bloody from the chemicals in the soap and the anti-bacterial gel. I was exhausted, sad, and scared. I just could not accept the concept of this being our birth story and only the end of it: a traumatic start, that's it. I really wanted this to be more than Loki’s difficult start. I wanted this to make sense.

"The way that I have been able to make sense of it all is ensuring that--somehow--other people can benefit from our situation. To that extent this Holiday Fund has been an opportunity for me to heal. It inspires me how this fund has brought many former preemie families together, making a difference to those following us in the NICU. Even more so, I am incredibly grateful to all our family members, friends, and returning donors who are making this possible for the third year in a row. In your effort to support families currently in need, you are also helping several former preemie families make sense of their own story. To turn a difficult life-changing event into a positive and rewarding situation is perhaps the greatest gift we could receive during the Holidays. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for this."

This is where Loki came from:


And this is where he is now:


Let's take this to new heights!!

How you can help:

Internet: Please go to http://www.paypal.com and use a credit card or Paypal account to send money to XXXXX. Be sure to note "Holiday Fund" in the comments.

US: Please mail checks in name of: Kathalijn Sprenger, 405 Eastview Drive, Bedford, IN 47421. Please write “Holiday Fund” in the memo.

NL: Maak geld over op rekening 615769152 t.n.v. K.C. Sprenger o.v.v. “Holiday Fund”

Deadline: Donations accepted until Tuesday the 27th of December.

Delivery: Our check will be handed over to the NICU during the NICU in the week after Christmas. Photos and stories will be shared as usual.

Thank you very much for your help!
Sincerely,

Loki Sky and his NICU Friends

www.babylokisky.blogspot.com

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About Loki Sky

Loki Sky is a special little man. He was a very early micropreemie, weighing only 610 grams (1 lb, 5 oz) after 24 weeks, 3 days gestation, born to an American Father and a Dutch Mother in Berkeley, California on October 18, 2008.

On January 11, 2009, while still in the hospital NICU, his one kidney stopped working. It was repaired after three surgeries. After spending time in three hospitals in three cities, Loki came home on February 17. He struggled with eating, and then stopped in July, leading to 8 days in the hospital, a failure-to-thrive diagnosis, and a NG feeding tube. On October 10, a minor surgery installed a G feeding tube. Another procedure replaced it with a new one, and then again with a Mic-Key button in Jan. 2010.

In August 2010, he and his parents moved to the Netherlands.

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