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Three Winners!

I would like to announce a surprise for the giveaway – we have three winners!  Michele Kemper has agreed to donate two additional copies of “A Pound of Hope” for our readers in hopes of spreading prematurity awareness and brightening lives this Christmas season.

So, without further ado, the three lucky winners are:

Michaela, Jodie, and Jessica!

The winners were chosen randomly using an online random tool.  In response to the requirements to say “thank you” to someone who helped them during their preemie’s NICU stay, these women replied:


I would like to thank GOD. Because above all doctors and nurses He is the one that was near Lucas every day, every minute, every second. He`s the one that gave him strenght to grow so that we can bring him home, and He is the one that gave us courage and hope to go on.

We give You all the Glory, and thank you for all our blessings


I’d like to say think you to my sister and my Mother and Sister in laws. While we were staying at the Ronald McDonald house away from town my family cleaned my home top to bottom, reorganized the kitchen, and decorated the nursery so that everything would be ready when our son was released.


I would very much like to thank Ava’s entire team at the Beth Israel NICU…especially her two favorite “blue ladies” Cathy + Dannette…without them my one pound 3 month early IUGR baby would not have been challenged and therefore would not have been home with us on Thanksgiving, or off of oxygen or bottle feeding. I am in awe at the love and care our daughter received there, in my eyes there is no other place to have a baby, early or term, healthy or sick.
With more love and admiration than we can ever express.
Jessica, Stephen and Ava Defilippis <3

Thank you everyone who entered the contest and expressed gratitude to those who showed you kindness during a difficult time.

Merry Christmas!

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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