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Why we march #teamjemmaskye

Late at night on Easter Sunday of 2016 I was admitted to the hospital.  I was 25 weeks pregnant with my first baby.  I was experiencing severe abdominal pain and had gained about 10 lbs in a very short period of time.  After several blood tests it was determined that I had atypical and asymptomatic HELLP syndrome.  HELLP is a very rare form of preeclampsia that affects the liver and blood.  There are fewer than 20,000 reported cases per year in the US.  The following morning I was rushed from a small hospital in Stamford, CT to Yale University in New Haven where their NICU regularly handles micro-preemies.  Prior to this, we knew little to nothing about preemies, pre-term labor, preeclampsia, the NICU, March of Dimes or neonatal fatality.  I was monitored around the clock for several days, given rounds of magnesium, shots of steroid to increase my baby's lung development and counseled by NICU doctors.  In the midst of so much confusion, information and sickness I did not comprehend what was happening.  When the teams of doctors entered my room every few hours and spoke to me about the possibility of early delivery I tuned out as I honestly believed this would not happen to us.  My body grew sicker and on the evening of March 31st I went into organ failure resulting in pre-term labor at 26 weeks gestational.  Our daughter Jemma Skye entered the world at 1 lb 4 ounces.  She screamed like that of a normal full-term baby.  She had the courage and grace of a warrior.  Unfortunately, her body could not keep up with her determined spirit.  After contracting a staph infection at the hospital and the slow deterioration of her lungs Jemma lost her battle with prematurity.  In the wee hours of April 21st we took her off of life support.  Jemma taught us the true meaning of life which is to love and to be loved.  She touched the lives of everyone who was blessed enough to meet her and countless others.

We march in memory of our baby girl Jemma Skye.  Jemma lived a short 21 days but changed our world for the better.  We also march in honor of our baby boy Liev Jagger born at 32 weeks.  We march to support the important work of March of Dimes, for every family who has had a baby in the NICU and for every family who has had to leave the hospital without their baby.  The funds we raise enable March of Dimes to support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy that truly makes a difference to families in our community and across the country. If you believe, like we do, that every baby deserves the best possible start, please MARCH WITH US on April 27th at Marlins Park or make a donation to support this amazing organization. Together we can fight for the health of all mothers and babies.  As always, we are enternally grateful to all of you for your love and support over the last (almost) three years - that love and strength often carried us.  We hope you will consider marching with us. xoxo Sloane, Gavin & Liev #teamjemmaskye

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Fundraising goal: $10,000
Saturday, April 27, 2019
47 Donors | 975 Visitors
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Amy Russell
2 months ago
Thinking of you Xo Amy
chelsea woody
3 months ago
Wish I could be there to march in sweet baby Jemma honor Lots of ?? from the Woodys
Brittney Crystal
3 months ago
We are with you from up north! ??
Francesca Campbell
2 months ago
We love you and our angel forever Jemma! We wish we were there, but we are holding you in our hearts and sending all our love your way. With love and admiration, Francesca, Derek and Oliver
Brett Graff
3 months ago
Go Team Jemma Skye! We are cheering you on. Big hug. With love, Brett Graff and Family
Cathie Pribanic
3 months ago
All our love
Lauren Dresbach Newman
3 months ago
We love you Jemma!
Elizabeth Townsend Clark
3 months ago
Blair Cobb
3 months ago
Thank you for inspiring us everyday Warrior Princess We love you Blair, Adam, and Lucas
3 months ago
Love you and your beautiful family! Thinking of Jemma you, G and Liev.
Yeisid Gozzo
3 months ago
Sorry I can’t be there but I will be there in spirit remembering our little lion heart.
Megan Sharpe
3 months ago
Sending all our love! Xo the Sharpes
kelli delaney
3 months ago
Love you Sloane. Great job mama xox Kelli
Elizabeth Jorgensen
3 months ago
We love you, Gavin, Jemma and Liev! So grateful for all y0u are doing to help others. Liz & Insight Counseling
Cindy Pearlstein
3 months ago
Sending love!
Hillary Masters
3 months ago
Hoping to be there to March! But definitely want to contribute to your beautiful family ??
3 months ago
I ??Liev
Katherine Parker
3 months ago
This is a wonderful cause and I admire you all for your efforts and commitment. Best wishes on your March. Katherine Parker
Diana Galati
4 months ago
Wish I could be there along side of you all, marching in memory of your beautiful Jemma Skye. Sending all my love & well wishes today & always!
Barbara Sammeth
4 months ago
ALWAYS on your TEAM Sloane & Gavin??????
Robyn Schecter
4 months ago
Sorry I can’t march with you ??
Jaime Gleicher
4 months ago
With love and support, Jaime Gleicher
Leelee Smith Klein
4 months ago
Jemma’s Skye’s Light shines forever !! Hi team !
Kaia Yoga
4 months ago
Natalie Baker
4 months ago
We can't be there for the march, but will be sending our love and support!
Shirley Viscarello
4 months ago
Wish we could be there to march with you! We hope it is a raging success! Love, The Viscarello Family xoxo
Amy Rapawy
4 months ago
We love you! Love, Amy, Neil, Erika, Cooper & Harper
Deanne Sansone
4 months ago
always in my heart beautiful Jemma Skye. The bravest of brave. Love you all. xoxox
Louise P Sloane
4 months ago
You and Gavin have warmed my heart with your courage and love.
James A Flentje
4 months ago
For all the Angels!
Stefani Greenfield
4 months ago
#teamjemmaskye You shall be in our hearts forever. We love you and your beautiful brother Liev. And parents. Stefani, Theodora and Mitchell
Natasha King
4 months ago
Love you! -Natasha
Diana DeGaray
4 months ago
Always thinking of you ??
4 months ago
Love you all ??????
Jane Deegan
4 months ago
Love you guys!
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501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Start time: 9:00 AM
Registration time: 7:30AM
Walk distance: 3 miles
47 Donors | 975 Visitors

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