Our son Gavin Vincent Ganier was born on April 10th, 2008 at 6:45 am. His birth weight was 2lbs 10ounces and he was right at 14 inches in height. He endured 8 long weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) while under the care of many highly trained professionals. Many medical tests, procedures, and x-rays were performed so the doctors could understand his daily condition and know how to react to ensure that life was sustained.
His early delivery was due to my wife suffering from HELLP Syndrome, a pregnancy illness which caused her liver to start failing. She was released from the hospital 4 days later; however, Gavin wasn’t released from the hospital until 8 weeks later weighing 4 lbs. and 8 ounces. I am glad to say that he will be 5 years old on the 10th of April this year. He brings so much joy to our lives as we watching him grow and develop. I could not imagine life without him, and we are so happy and blessed he is with us.
Although we received much help from our family and friends Gavin benefited by medical advances, training, and education promoted by the March of Dimes effort. Until his birth we never really understood what the March of Dimes really meant. I wish I had known more about their cause before Gavin was born, I could have contributed in some way or another to help save the lives of our own.
Please help as we aid in promoting and contributing to the March of Dimes to provide continuous research, development, and education in efforts to enhance the survival rate of our future leaders of the world.
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.