My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Averys Angels Gastroschisis Foundation, Wake Forest, NC, USA
#MyGivingStory began over 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter who was diagnosed with a rare birth defect called gastroschisis. We were brought into this #raredisease after an ultrasound which confirmed my daughter was going to start her journey in this world in a tough way. I was so scared and confused, until I found Meghan Hall and Avery's Angels. Meghan Hall is the definition of selflessness. She lost her son Avery to gastroschisis and began Avery's Angels Gastroschisis Foundation to provide support and answers to families all over the world who needed a glimmer of light in their dark journey. The long NICU days and nights with my daughter were lightened by the support Avery's Angels provided. My daughter's strength to overcome each obstacle in her own way showed me a strength I never knew existed. I reached out to Meghan and offered to become a volunteer for Avery's Angels to provide support for families all over the world who were shocked and scared when their baby received the same diagnosis my daughter did. For over 4 years now, I give my time, energy, and support to help others in our gastroschisis tribe in any way I can to make their journey a little easier, as Meghan and Avery's Angels did mine. We host events for families all over the world to come together to meet other families who better understand gastroschisis as it is also a part of their life. Avery's Angels provided care packages to newborns in the NICU with gastroschisis, emergency funds when able to angel families who lost their baby or child to gastroschisis complications, funds for research grants to find answers for our families on the causes of gastroschisis, and many more programs to help those affected by gastroschisis. Why do I give? I give because I am empowered by a woman and an organization of others who give selflessly to those who encounter a similar journey. I give back because of those who were there for me and my daughter on those late NICU nights when we were not sure what to do. I give because my daughter taught me strength in life and I thrive on that to help those I can with their own gastroschisis journey.