Jaclyn Pham Haynes

Why I walk

Look at Lily Grace today, 11 years after arriving 6 weeks too early at only 34 weeks gestation. (A full term baby makes it the entire pregnancy of 40 weeks.) Luckily for us, Lily Grace's early arrival has not slowed her down one bit. Through the research, development and support from the March of Dimes, premature babies like Lily Grace can grow and thrive like most other full term babies. Your support and love have made all the difference for us and others. Today, she is one happy, energetic, sassy, and almost taller than her momma 5th grader! Please help us in our fight to eliminate premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. Join our Haynes Phamily Team today. Your love and support over the last 11 years (and over $62,000 later) is so appreciated and means the world to us. From the bottom of our hearts, may God bless you and keep you close to His heart. Billy, Jaclyn, Mickey & Lily Grace The following is a featured article that highlighted our story in the March of Dimes September 2008 eNewsletter to give you some background on why we are so passionate about giving every baby a healthy start. With a two-and-a-half-year-old son as the love of our lives, we waited patiently and jumped for joy when those “you’re pregnant!” pink lines appeared in early 2005. We were thrilled yet very nervous and scared -- especially after having endured two previous miscarriages. However, things were going well and looking up for us. Mid-July of 2005, diagnosed with placenta previa and preterm labor, I was placed on strict bed rest at home with around-the-clock medications to control the contractions. Then on August 2, while lying on the couch with my son, Mickey, I felt a strange sensation that warranted a trip to the bathroom. That strange sensation was caused by profuse hemorrhaging, which landed me on hospital bed rest for the duration of my pregnancy. On the morning of September 19th, we welcomed our barely 34-week-gestation baby girl, Lily Grace, into this world by cesarean section. After a brief kiss, she was rushed to the NICU for more specialized care, while I needed some care of my own. Unfortunately, my placenta had adhered itself to my uterus, making it impossible to deliver, so an emergency hysterectomy was performed as well. If not hitting the desired 36 weeks, having an unexpected c-section and an emergency hysterectomy, and seeing your baby girl rushed to the NICU were not enough, Hurricane Rita was heading for southeast Texas, adding to our stress. Nothing could have prepared my heart for the immense emotional and physical pain of evacuating the city two days later without my precious newborn. We had to leave our baby girl behind. Who could do such a thing? How could we do that to her? Would she know that we didn’t have a choice? How could we get through this? After enduring six long days of heart-wrenching pain by being miles away, we were reunited with our sweet baby girl at last. The next few weeks found us next to her Isolette every day, holding and nurturing her until she became strong enough to come home on October 6. Although Lily Grace came home with an apnea monitor and oxygen to use during feeds, she made tremendous progress in the NICU due to the research and medical advances accomplished by the March of Dimes. Without their emotional support and invention of surfactant therapy, Lily Grace would not be the happy, bouncy, healthy almost three-year-old she is today.

Your gift matters

Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Fundraising goal: $1,500
Sunday, April 30, 2017
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Sponsor messages

Kate Stclair
2 months ago
So proud of you Bug. You are amazing. ??
Debra Barton
3 months ago
Lisa Reynolds
3 months ago
Love y'all
Heidi Hamblen
3 months ago
Happy Birthday! :)
Gay Stricklin
2 months ago
Happy birthday sweet neighbor. Much love to all our Hayneses as you walk!
Danette Marsh
3 months ago
Sending my ? to you and your family!
Samantha Zylks
3 months ago
Good luck this year!
Paula Gardner
4 months ago
Jac - You and your sweet family continue to inspire me. I share LG's story with my preservice candidates. She is the perfect example of why we should never settle for the expected outcomes or preconceived ideas about what a child can accomplish. You and Billy are the picture of strength, dedication, and faith. Though I cannot walk with you, know you and your warriors will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love you and your sweet family.
jimmy and fawn doan
4 months ago
Thinking of you, Billy and your two kiddos...??
Terry and Robin Hanning
4 months ago
Love, Terry & Robin Hanning
Yolanda Torres
4 months ago
Thank you for sharing your story. Made me so sad to read about your baby girl and how you were forced to separate from her for a few days. Doing this fundraiser in her name is so amazing. ??????????????
Dorie Andrade
4 months ago
Love you!
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