The mission of The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation is to improve outcomes of pregnancy, childbirth, prematurity, and infancy, as well as aid in the grieving process through financial assistance, education, and advocacy
Happy September! This is a busy month for us. It is NICU Awareness Month and on September 7, we celebrate our third anniversary! When we launched this organization three years ago, we had no idea what would happen. We knew there was a need and we were going to help as many families as we could. Three years later, we have helped more than 750 families in 40 states, giving away more than $600,000. We could not have done it without you! Whether you have liked posts, told someone about us, written a guest blog, hosted a Facebook fundraiser, or donated, you are an integral part of the work we have done on behalf of families. You have helped us keep Colette’s name and memory alive and we are so grateful for that.
As we celebrate our third anniversary, we want to be able to grow our reach to help more families and to help each family more fully. With that in mind, we are launching an anniversary donation drive to add to our financial assistance fund. During the month of September, we will be matching any new or increased donations up to $50,000. Donate here.
Additionally, this month is NICU Awareness Month
. This commemoration was created by Project Sweet Peas as a way to raise awareness for babies who go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I will admit that until I started this work, I did not realize that non-preemies go to NICU, but the data shows that only about 75% of babies in the NICU are there for reasons related to preterm birth. Other reasons for going to the NICU include Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS), sepsis, infection, hypoglycemia, perinatal depression, and maternal chorioamnionitis. Throughout the month of September, we will be sharing facts and information about the NICU on our social media pages. Check it out on Twitter
, and Facebook
Hope you are having a good start to fall!