We are humbled and honored to announce that we have been selected by March of Dimes to serve as the 2017 Signature Chefs Auction Dallas Ambassador Family. The Signature Chefs Auction is a major event bringing in Dallas’ renowned chefs and a live auction with all proceeds going to March of Dimes. Our family is incredibly passionate about March of Dimes and the research they fund for moms and babies.
Our journey started in 2008 when our nieces Berkley and Emory were born at 25 weeks gestation. They survived 4 months in the NICU and received life-saving surfactant therapy, developed by March of Dimes funded research, to help them breathe. Berkley and Emory are now strong, healthy, beautiful young ladies. Since then, we have heard many stories about families who have been impacted by this wonderful foundation. Never in a million years did we think we would be on this side of it. The side where we are sharing a story of our own.
In 2014, we were pregnant with twins, Slater and Angel. Our sweet Angel passed away at 12 weeks gestation. We later learned that Slater had a medical condition called Posterior Urethral Valve Syndrome. This was the first diagnosis of many that had Slater fighting for his life inside the womb. We were told early on that Slater didn’t have any chance of survival outside of the womb, but we chose to continue the pregnancy and embrace every moment we had with him. He made it to 26 weeks gestation which was far beyond what doctors expected. Our strong Slater was born still on January 10, 2015.
Many months later, we became pregnant with our “rainbow baby”. Sayla Bryn Simpson was born healthy at 39 weeks weighing 5lbs 13oz on February 10, 2016. We see so much of her brothers in her! Sayla is a beautiful light in our lives and as she grows, she will learn about her brothers and know what they mean to our family.
Our story is just one of many. There is much work to be done, but because of people like you and me, March of Dimes can continue to fund research to help identify, understand, and prevent these problems, and help give every baby a fighting chance.
As the 2017 Signature Chefs Auction Dallas Ambassador Family, we hope you’ll support us by making a 100 percent tax deductible donation to the March of Dimes in memory of Slater and Angel and in honor of Sayla.
Thank you so much for your consideration,
Rusty, Natalie, Slater, Angel, and Sayla