March of Dimes
Three Ring Focus Fundraiser
Please join us for a fun evening of great food catered by Brother Shuckers Fish House, drinks, raffles, prizes and hopefully raising a lot of money and awareness for a fantastic cause!
When: Thursday, September 14th at 5:30pm
Where: Three Ring Focus | 1925 B Mr. Joe White Ave. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Please fill out the form below to let us know you’re coming or RSVP on our Facebook page!
First of all, we want to thank you for taking the time to come to our fundraising page. We’ve been involved with the March of Dimes for some years now but the great work the March of Dimes truly hit home when we had a premature child of our own.
As a couple, all we wanted in life was to start our family. We tried and tried to get pregnant and were finally able to do so in February of 2016. We were overcome with excitement and joy until the worst weekend of our lives. Over a 4-day period and multiple tests we were told we were having a miscarriage. We were absolutely crushed. It seemed like the pain would never go away. We found out miscarriages are much more of a common occurrence than either of us ever knew. You’re not sure if that helps your pain or makes it worse. But you regroup and try again.
A few months later we found out we were pregnant again. This time the excitement was replaced with constant worry and skepticism. We didn’t want to get too happy because we felt if we didn’t build ourselves up it wouldn’t hurt as much if it came crashing down again. Unfortunately, the concern and worry only intensified as the pregnancy went forward. Carla began having complications that resulted in her spending a few days in the hospital, receiving steroid shots and eventually being pulled out of work and put on rest.
In January, the real roller-coaster of emotions intensified. We would visit the doctor twice a week. Each week we went and hoped and prayed for positive numbers and results. Some days it was very encouraging and others it was news that put knots in your stomach. Each week our goal was to make it another week. We knew then a full-term pregnancy was out of the question.
At one of these visits the doctor sat us down and tried to prepare us for the possibility of something nobody in the world should ever hear…a stillbirth. A punch to the gut is an understatement. After a miscarriage, a stillbirth would have ruined us. We would not be the same people after something like that and I don’t know how we would have continued.
Fortunately, that did not happen. We continued with steroid shots to strengthen the baby and two weeks later at one of our weekly visits the nurse came in and said “Get across the street, you’re having your baby today.” Two hours from the time she said that we were in the delivery room holding little 4lb 14oz Lucianna Frances Kipple.
Then it was time to hold our breath for days while they ran all sorts of tests to determine what, if anything, she had wrong with her from being born early. Thankfully she was perfectly happy and healthy. Sadly, another premature baby born the exact same day and weighing the exact same as Lucy wasn’t as fortunate as our daughter. He was constantly hooked up to the machines, not able to breathe on his own and not able to leave the nursery. When we asked the nurse why our child was able to go home and theirs was not her answer was simple. “Because you had the steroid shots and his mother didn’t.”
Research done by the March of Dimes helped save our child’s life and gave us the opportunity to have the family that we’ve always wanted. The March of Dimes is more than just about premature babies. They are about happy, healthy full-term pregnancies. Finding ways to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality is something we can all agree is an important thing in life. My child was fortunate enough to benefit from years of work done by the March of Dimes so we’ve made it our mission to help continue that for the next family in need. We hope you can help us in that goal as well.