Thursday, January 10, 2008

Love is... | january

Our " Love is... " project has officially kicked off!
So, when deciding which charity to highlight this month, we have chosen to draw attention to one that is close to the heart of a few within our very own photo community.

March of Dimes.

Premature Birth is the leading killer of America's newborns. Those who survive often have lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.
The March of Dimes has taken on this devastating problem—to find out what causes it and how it can be stopped. For over 65 years, the March of Dimes has saved millions of babies and children from death and disabilities through their life-saving research, innovative programs, and dedicated volunteers.

Two mother's and fellow photographers share their photos..

The Goss’s of Arkansas gave birth to a baby boy 9 weeks premature. Brayson Cade Goss was born at 31 weeks gestation and weighing in at 3lbs 14 oz
to see a slideshow of the first 6 weeks of Brayson’s life, click here.

Crystal says....”Brayson just learned to pat-a-cake, and he does it all the time! He is also working very hard on crawling. He is getting to be a pretty good scooter! :)”

The Benner’s of North Carolina gave birth to a baby girl 10 week premature. Zoe Rae Benner was born at 30 weeks gestation and weighing in at 3 lbs 4oz. To see a video of Zoe's surprise homecoming click here

Shaelynn says... “Today... Zoe is doing WONDERFULLY! She now weighs 20 pounds! Quite a difference from her smallest weight!! She is cooing, laughing, sucking her thumb, smiling, sleeping through the night, rolling from tummy to back, crawling, almost walking, climbing stairs, and saying words like, Dada, Mama, Dog, Jump, Hi, etc. She is giving 5, blowing kisses, waving, and so much more! She is such a joy!
Thanks to March of Dimes, our daughter is alive and VERY well today! “

Both Families shared their amazing stories with me and I was so honored to get an inside glimpse into each of their lives. I wish I could post their entire stories!!
I was touched by how passionate and thankful these mother’s are for the role the March of Dimes have played in their lives. Without the efforts of this amazing foundation, these little ones may not be smiling back at us today!


Shealynn Benner said...

Hey Shyla! Love it! Love the feature! Thank you again SO much! :)

Also, my family website is:


c r y s t a l said...

Shyla, thank you so much for choosing the March of Dimes to feature this month! And for sharing our stories. You are awesome!

Love you!

david & kimi baxter said...

you are such a blessing to so many! many many blessings to you!

Jenna & Matt Walker said...

shyla! what a cool project you've taken on - i think it is so awesome to highlight important things like this - can't wait to see you VERY soon! beautiful post.

Brittany Leigh said... of my really close friends's little girl was born in may of 06 and was due in august.... she was born like 80 days early or something like that. these days she beautiful, healthy, and super smart! :) here's her mom's myspace...her whole story is somewhere on there...

anyway, this is an awesome organization, I did a bunch of work through them in high school. great choice!! :) good luck!

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