We are TEAM EMILY CR213! This team was started because our daughter Emily Brianne had such a rough start in life. She arrived more than 14 weeks premature & weighed only 14.7 oz. at birth, yep she weighed less than 1 pound. Six extremely scary months in two different hospitals, which included Emily surviving a scary sepsis, ROP, PDA, Bowel, & Hernia surgeries, countless blood transfusions, four broken arms & legs *the unfortunate result of brittle bones & blood draws, apnea spells, jaundice, pic lines, feeding tubes, months on a ventilator, and so much more before finally being strong enough to come home. She fought so long and hard and at the end of our NICU journey, we knew how incredibly blessed we were to be going home with our baby girl. She amazes us. We felt a lot of things that day so many years ago, including profound gratefulness. We knew we were incredibly lucky.... we knew not all parents knew the joy of finally going home. We felt such a need to give back so soon after leaving the hospital we decided to walk in the March of Dimes walk which at that time was called Walk-America. Ofcourse it had to wait for the following year cause that first year we knew Emily was too susceptible to RSV. But as soon as Emily was strong enough to walk (well be pushed in the stroller) we would. That first walk was in 2003. All these years later it still remains such an important part of our lives each year... it is now called March for Babies & this year is our family's 15TH walk. We are driven every year to keep walking so that other parents have the chance to bring their babies home too. What about Emily? Well....Emily is now a happy healthy INCREDIBLY SMART 16 year old, who continues to amaze us daily. She was accepted into the National Junior Honor Society in 2013. This year she is a sophomore in advanced classes, & we couldn't be more proud of her! Having her for a daughter is truly a blessing! Thanks for reading our story & hopefully you will be able to donate or even possibly join our team so that together we can all help March of Dimes help all babies to be born healthy. We believe in the power of many. It doesn't take a lot. $5 from 200 people is $1000. I know that if many give a little we will reach our team goal in no time. :) Please consider making a donation today! Even if you can't donate or join... share our page with others via twitter, & facebook to help spread our story & page with others! Thank you so much!