Walk for Prems in the Media 2020

Some of the stories behind why people Walk For Prems.

Oscar

One mum shares her birth story after going into labour at just 29 weeks pregnant. Baby Oscar spent months in the NICU before he was able to go home with his family.

I remember quite vividly the day it all started – it was Sunday 26 July, 2015 and I was 29 weeks pregnant. I had woken up that morning with a slight pain in my back and thought it must have just been the way I slept, so I didn’t think too much more about it.

We had friends over for lunch and by the time they left I was in a lot of pain. I just couldn’t get comfortable – I tried to lie down and have a shower but the back pain just seemed to get worse. My husband told me to call my obstetrician so I eventually did but there was no answer. I then phoned the local hospital where I was planning to deliver the baby; they told me that I needed to head into the Women’s and Children’s Hospital immediately.

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Karin Vosmansky, CEO Life’s Little Treasures

Grab a coffee and take some time to listen to this wonderful interview with our current CEO Karin and Henry from Radio 2RDJ-FM chatting all about prematurity, Karin’s own experience, how the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation support families in hospital and beyond and why it’s so important to support our one fundraiser of the year – Walk For Prems 2020.

It’s the best 10minutes and 49seconds of radio you’ll hear today.

Makenzie

When Marleigh Salter’s waters broke at 19 weeks no one believed that the baby could survive – it was hopeless, medically impossible. But no one counted on the sheer stubbornness of little Makenzie who hung on unprotected in her mother’s womb for six more weeks.

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Rylee

The Frost family has participated in the walk every year since three-year-old Rylee was born four-and-a-half weeks prematurely.

In its 11th year, the walk raises money for Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, which is Australia’s foremost charity dedicated to supporting the families of babies born sick or before 37 weeks’ gestation.

The walk has raised more than $2.2 million and this year the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation hopes to raise $350,000.

“When Rylee was little we got all the information (that we needed) off them and they just supported us in little ways,” Rylee’s mum Jess said.

“They were supportive when we were in hospital. Any help we needed, they would do it.”

While COVID-19 has stopped the annual event being held in Melbourne, Mrs Frost said she, husband Aaron and Rylee would walk the 5 km locally to support the cause.

“We’ve got our walking bibs and medals in the mail and we will still make it a fun day even though it’s not there and we can still support the cause,” she said.

Mrs Frost said Rylee was doing well three years on.

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Dottie

Tumbarumba’s Debbie Harris remembers clearly the moment she found out her grandaughter Dottie had been born at just 25 weeks gestation.

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The Prowse Twins

Ballarat’s walk coordinator, Samantha Prowse gave birth to her premature twin girls almost five years ago, but didn’t know the foundation existed at the time.

“When I found out about it, I knew I had to get the walk and the awareness to Ballarat, to help families in need of support,” she said.

“It’s most important to let families with premmie babies know that they are not alone. There is extra help 24-seven from Life’s Little Treasures, and support from someone that’s been through it.”

The annual event is usually held at Lake Wendouree, but due to COVID-19 restrictions this year participants will walk five kilometres around their area, with registration fees, or a further donation boosting the foundation’s services for the next 12 months.

“Life’s Little Treasures is not government funded, so the walk is their prime fundraising effort,” Ms Prowse said.

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