"Don't expect him to be running marathons" These were the words said to me by my babys doctor when discussing the longterm outcomes of his lungs due to being born 13 weeks early. As the doctor walked away, the nurse saw my devastation and said "do not put limitations on him - you be his champion!" That was almost 10 years ago and he may not be able to run a marathon - yet! - but I can and will, for him!
Here is our miracle babies journey:
In 2002, our life changed forever when I gave birth to our first son Elijah, 6 weeks early. The experience was very surreal and emotional for my family, but we had no idea how bad things could be until our next baby arrived 13 weeks before he was due when I was just 5 and a half months pregnant. His traumatic start to the world and the desperate need to hang on longer to our next baby, baby number 3, lead to a quest to help and support families like ours and the incredible health professionals looking after them. It lead to Miracle Babies Foundation – Australia’s leading consumer based organisation working with and for the families of premature and sick newborns and the healthcare professionals caring for them.
What started as a bit of banter between 4 of us at a fundraising function last April, that it would be fun to do the New York marathon to raise funds for Miracle Babies, has turned into reality. This November, thanks to the encouragement of those 3 fellow runners, Mark Reid (Hollard), Andy Weir (Bankwest) and Phil Thistlethwaite (Birchman), I, along with our team of 20, will complete the New York marathon. Having never run before, this is my opportunity to push through any fears, prove to myself and my boys that there are no limits, continue to help the thousands of miracle families like ours and (as a big bonus) be in one of my favourite places in the world - New York City!
This is my personal fundraising page where I will also share photos and information about my marathon journey. It would be amazing if you could get behind me - your support, no matter the size, will make the biggest difference to the vital work the Foundation does and I thank you in advance!
A big thank you to my personal sponsors:
Acquire Wealth Solutions
Chiro Health & Wellness
Please feel free to contact me if your organisation or company would like to work with sponsoring the team.
Many, many thanks!
If you would like to, you can also follow me on twitter @Melinda_Cruz or find me on LinkedIn