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Preemie Power Photo & Essay Contest: Enter Your Super Hero Today!


Our NICU survivors have come a long way, and what better way to honor that than by sharing their story with the world?

In 2010 Hand to Hold initiated the Preemie Power Photo & Essay Contest to give families a way to celebrate their amazing super heroes and all of the challenges they have overcome and the milestones they’ve accomplished in their young lives. In 2014, families from 32 states and and three continents shared personal and inspiring stories about how their premature and medically fragile infants continually demonstrate super hero qualities while facing a range of physical and medical challenges.

Preemie Power is much more than a photo and essay contest. It is a celebration of amazing kids and their families who have faced tremendous obstacles and conquered them with love, faith and sheer determination. — Hand to Hold Executive Director and Co-Founder Kelli Kelley (read more about why the Preemie Power Contest means so much)

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Photo credit: Reed Family

Entries for the 2015 Preemie Power Photo & Essay Contest will be accepted beginning Monday, October 5, through through Friday, October 30 at noon CST. Voting will begin Friday, October 23, and continue through October 30 at noon CST.

Winners with the most votes will be chosen from each of four age groups and will be awarded a Preemie Power cape and a prize valued at approximately $150. The entry with the most overall votes will be awarded the Thundering Thurston Grand Prize package, valued at more than $1000, courtesy of Bambino’s Boutique and Huggies, along with a Preemie Power cape. Finally, one winner selected by Executive Director Kelli Kelley (not dependent on votes) will receive a prize valued at $150 and a Preemie Power Cape.

For more details on the Preemie Power Photo & Essay Contest, visit the Hand to Hold website and our How It Works page. No preemie is too old to have their story celebrated!  We are grateful to our contest sponsors: Mead Johnson Nutrition, Neotech, and Prolacta Bioscience.


Leigh Ann Torres About Leigh Ann Torres

Online Community Coordinator, Preemie Babies 101 Lead Blogger - Leigh Ann Torres is a freelance writer, blogger and mother of three living in Austin, TX. After a short and sudden bout with severe preeclampsia, Leigh Ann’s identical twin girls were delivered at 31 weeks, spending 38 mostly uneventful days in the NICU. Two years later the Torres family welcomed another baby, this time at term, with only a mild case of preeclampsia. Leigh Ann currently runs Hand to Hold’s official blog and social media channels. When she’s not doing laundry or fulfilling requests for snacks, she usually has her nose stuck in a book. You can keep in touch with Leigh Ann on Twitter or via email.

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