First ever Preemie Parent Summit In Atlantic, GA leads to creation of an alliance to support parents of premature infants at the ground level.
Atlanta, GA - Nick Hall, President of Graham’s Foundation (http://www.GrahamsFoundation.org), became one of twenty-seven founding members of the National Alliance of Premature Parents (NAPP) at the 2010 Preemie Parent Summit. Hall attended the summit as both a parent who's coped with the difficulties of prematurity and as a representative of Graham's Foundation, a non-profit organization offering practical and emotional support to the parents of infants born before 29 weeks gestation.
At the Preemie Parent Summit, Hall collaborated with representatives of twenty-three other prematurity support programs from across the nation to create NAPP, a collective voice for the parents of preemies in the form of an organization designed to facilitate collaboration between parent support groups in all 50 states.
"Each individual organization will become stronger and more visible as a result of this collaboration," said Hall, who founded Graham's Foundation with his wife Jennifer after they experienced the birth of twins at just 25 weeks, the trials the neo-natal intensive care unit, and the loss of one child. "Alone, we're limited as to how much we can take on, but together, we can cover so much ground when it comes to raising awareness of prematurity and getting the parents of preemies the support that they so desperately need."
Richard and Keira Sorrells, co-founders of the Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation and hosts of the Preemie Parent Summit, saw a need for a national collaboration as they worked to spread their message of parent support advocacy.
“We were honored to facilitate and host this historic event," said Keira Sorrells. "The group we assembled represented twenty-four support organizations from thirteen different states. We are all united by a passion to help other parents that was born out of one of the most traumatic like experiences - having a premature infant. What struck us was the common echo among parents in the NICU that they cannot find the resources they need to succeed equally at home as they do while in top flight NICUs across the country. Richard and I knew there had to be a better way to unite all of these organizations."
About the Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation
Founded in 2009, the Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to help and support families of micro-preemies. We recognize that there is a tremendous gap in services between being in the NICU with a micro-preemie and coming home to care for a medically fragile child who has ongoing chronic conditions or other special needs. Our goal is to partially bridge that gap through education, outreach, and one-on-one parent support. For more information, visit http://www.zoerose.org.
About Graham's Foundation
Graham’s Foundation assembles and sends care packages designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of parents of micro-preemie babies, and provides goods and services that are both practical and inspirational. The charitable organization was founded in 2009 by Nick and Jennifer Hall, who experienced the rollercoaster ride of being parents in the neo-natal intensive care unit, losing their son Graham after 45 days and their daughter Reece’s four-month stay. For more information, visit http://www.GrahamsFoundation.org.
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Grahams Foundation President Becomes a Founding Member of the National Alliance of Premature Parents
January 24, 2011 at 17:40 PM EST