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Preemie Power Contest

This contest information was sent to me in efforts to spread the word about Preemie Power.  This is a good opportunity to talk about and share pictures of your special preemie. – Afton

We are excited to announce that Preemie Power has begun!  Hand to Hold, a nonprofit parent support organization, established Preemie Power to give families the opportunity to celebrate their precious child/ren and all of the milestones they’ve accomplished in their young lives. As a parent or advocate for preemies, I wanted to invite you and your families to participate in and help us promote Preemie Power, an online photo and essay contest that recognizes preemies for the many challenges they have had to overcome in the NICU and beyond.

Help Us Identify Super Heroes for the Preemie Power Photo Contest.
We are encouraging parents of babies born too soon or with special healthcare needs to enter their super hero in the online photo and essay contest.Children of any age are welcome! This contest is open to entrants nationwide.

Entries will be accepted through October 16.

Voting begins October 17 and concludes November 1st.

The top three entries in three age categories (0-1 year, 1+ to 5 years and 6 years and up) will then advance to be reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges who will select the winners. Three top winners will receive prize packages valued at $500.

New this year, we will be giving the Thundering Thurston Award to the child who receives the most overall votes in memory of Thurston Mossholder, Preemie Power winner 2010.

Winners will be announced at the free Preemie Power Family Celebration on November 13, 2011 and online.

Help us celebrate the amazing triumph of starting life so much smaller than the rest, recognize the tiny heroes in the NICU and provide support for the next generation of families experiencing preterm birth. To learn more about Preemie Power, visit preemiepower.org.

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

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