Why I walk
My husband and I, along with our 6 year old triplet girls, will be participating in the March of Dimes, March for Babies Walk on May 6th, 2017 at the DMACC campus in Ankeny. This will be our 7th year raising funds for this amazing charity. Lucky #7! During the last 6 years of fundraising we have raised over $113,000!
We have been personally affected by premature birth and are compelled to help make a difference. I hope that you will consider donating to our team, Team Kamps3, and in turn help in March of Dimes fight to prevent premature births. We would like to share our story with you. From early on in our pregnancy, we knew this was going to be an extraordinary journey; three little heartbeats on the ultrasound screen, a dream come true. Little did we know at the time, the rollercoaster journey our family was set out to endure. The pregnancy was difficult physically but there was nothing of special concern until my water broke unexpectedly at 25 weeks. After 12 hours at Mercy Medical Center monitoring my condition, the labor was unable to be stopped in time and on September 1, 2010, our three little girls were born. Annaliese Hope, Brenna Renee and Lucy Jane entered this world each weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces and were 12 inches long, they were smaller than a Beanie Baby. We were amazed at how very perfect they were, tiny, but absolutely perfect. Our sweet little babies, while so very beautiful were also very frail and sick. Each was in a fight for their life. In total, the Kamps triplets endured seven surgeries, multiple infections, and too many blood transfusions to even count during their stay in the Mercy NICU. We had numerous nights where it wasn't clear they would see the next morning, but our angels are fighters and Annaliese, Lucy and Brenna were able to come home after 77, 79 and 152 days respectively. The girls are thriving today! We are so proud of our trio! We still are dealing with the lasting effects of their premature birth and it is not an easy road, but they are tough little girls! We know it is a true miracle that we were able to bring all three girls home, the statistics were not in our favor. Without the medical research funded by the March of Dimes in recent years, our story could have turned out very differently. We became involved with March of Dimes in 2011 to support their cause of prematurity awareness and research and also to celebrate the extraordinary lives of our little miracles. We would love your support in raising awareness and donations for the March of Dimes!