Unsung Hero Gets Recognized

You might ask what is an unsung hero?

“An unsung hero is a role model whose generous acts of compassion, strength, selflessness, perseverance and, quite possibly, sacrifice make a profound and positive difference on the course of history.” Lowell Milken Center 

The other day A Story of Faith and 27 Miracles  brought you the story of Glenn Ferguson, a world-famous Caricaturist that is sponsoring  The Gift of Life event on September 13 2014.  If you missed his story, click on this link http://27miracles.com/2014/05/29/spotlight-on-glenn-ferguson-caricature-artist/

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After the overwhelming response from readers that never knew he was a preemie and his dedication to this event, many became supporters of this very important fundraising event by purchasing tickets and becoming sponsors.  You can visit our website www.astoryoffaith.com to obtain more details.

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Today A Story of Faith and 27 Miracles want to bring you another story on one unsung hero.  It is the daughter of Master Bridal Consultant Rosie Moore .   After the initial shock that a teenager receives that mom is having a baby, that was the start of a whirlwind change in her young teen age life. Kayla was 14 yrs old when Kaleb was born at 27 weeks weighing only 1lb and 10 oz.  A micropreemie born 13 weeks early.  Life still had to go on for Kayla despite the fact that her baby brother was clinging to life in the NICU.  Many days and nights of schedule changes, homework at the hospital, dinners out on the road and no family fun activities on the weekends due to trips to the hospital.  But she quietly helped to be supportive, although never knowing what was really going on.

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Life care coaches at the hospital brought Kayla in to see the baby for the very first time in November when he was a little more stable in the step down NICU.  It was very shocking for a teen to see such a tiny baby all attached  to wires and machines supporting his life.  She was given the chance to hold him, but it was much to scary for her.

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The weeks and months passed by and Kaleb was finally able to come home. Coming home, that is where more challenges came about. In March 2010, Kaleb came home to be on  18 different medication dosages, oxygen 24/7, apnea monitors at night, 2 types of breathing treatments every four hours, tube feedings every 3 hours, occupational, speech and physical therapists coming to the house daily, 2-3 drs appts every week.  Wow life was definitely not normal here . Kayla started to see the care that was involved in taking care of Kaleb.  Little by little she learned about his care and treatment.

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In June 2010, Rosie, Marcus, Kayla and Baby Kaleb, planned a trip to  visit Marcus’ family in NJ.  Oh boy with all that Kaleb had going on, that sounds crazy.  All the necessary permissions were obtained to carry equipment on the flight.  Kaleb was weaned off the oxygen little by little so that he can sustain a 2 hour flight until he would be on the ground again to receive the oxygen. It was an interesting sight at the checkout counter with 8 carry on bags, 6 checked bags, stroller and car seat.  For three people and a baby wow, but Kayla helped all the way through with taking care of him. She learned how to do his breathing treatments and how to do his tube feedings and administer his medications.

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Today she is 19 years old and a college student at PBA studying Communications.  She is today’s unsung hero as she turned 19 years old yesterday and we remember her today for stepping up to the plate and helping a difficult situation be an easier situation.  Kayla helped  to take care of Kaleb whenever her parents had to do a wedding or event or just needed some down time to rest or relax.

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You too can be involved in the Gift of Life and Help with your donations, supporting the event with your attendance or becoming a sponsor.  Contact 27 Miracles for more information on sponsoring 407-905-5454 or emailing at info@27miraclesbyrosie.com

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Spotlight on Glenn Ferguson…..Caricature Artist…

Glenn is an award-winning caricature artist/ illustrator residing in Orlando, FL. He has been nominated a Master caricaturist by the International Society of Caricature Artists (after winning the Golden Nosey Award in 2009). His artwork can be seen all over the world.

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You might ask yourself, why would a famous artist want to help with an event like the Gift of Life….Here are Glenn’s very own words when he was interviewed….

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“The year is 1973, in April, and I’m removed by C-section from my mother’s womb. My heartbeat is irregular, and my lungs aren’t fully developed, but I’m able to breathe ok. I’m whisked away immediately and placed inside a plastic rectangle. This rectangle becomes my home for the next 6 months.

I never saw my mother. She didn’t get to see me. They didn’t allow her to visit me. They didn’t allow her to name me for 6 months.

I was born with a total weight of 1 pound, 6 ounces. From head to toe I fit inside the palm of an average person’s hand. Doctors feared the worst and were expecting me not to live very long. But they made a home for me in an incubator and cared for me until I was ready to go home in October.

When I was allowed to finally meet my mother, and hear her voice, as you can imagine, I knew I was home. I was monitored constantly, and visited so many doctors for the first year of my life, but I beat all the odds and survived.

Now, in 2014, I’m 41 years old. I’m very healthy, athletic, and thriving beautifully with my fiance’ JoAnn. I grew up small, and I’m a little on the short side at 5′ 7″, but other than that, perfectly fine, normal, and happy. I’m grateful to all the doctors and nurses that helped me survive those first few months, and I have great sympathy and encouragement for anyone who has a premature child. ”

 

“I am happy to help with this event, the Gift of Life, that will benefit the Walt Disney Pavillion Florida Hospital for Children/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Making of the movie A Story of Faith; because I experienced the same care that all of these unsung heros do every day. It’s because of the amazing and heartfelt care and expertise that were so instrumental in my survival and enduring health those first delicate months of my life that I am here. ” www.glennfergusonarts.com

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It is because of the care of doctors and nurses that work in the NICU and have up to date equipment that babies like Glenn and other babies today can survive.  Sometimes medical science is ready to give up, but the babies fight for their lives and some are pretty determined. In 1971 it was unheard of for a preemie to survive.  Thank God for Glenn’s doctors and nurses ! Can you imagine in this day and age not being able to see your baby for 6 months?  It is hard enough seeing them daily and not being able to bring the baby home.

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This is why The Gift of Life is going to do just that, help raise funds for the Florida Hospital Walt Disney Children’s Pavillion, the NICU department and the Making of the Movie A Story of  Faith.   Through this movie of love, encouragement and hope, it will  show parents and caregivers that they are not alone and that there is hope out there.

Purchase your tickets here to attend the event:

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To Find out how you can be a sponsor, contact 27 Miracles today at 407-905-5454 or email them at info@27miraclesbyrosie.com

Win a ticket to The Gift of Life

Want to win a ticket to The Gift of Life Event?

No it’s not a Party for Ladies Night!
No it’s not a guys’ golf tournament!
No It’s not an all you can drink party!
What is it?

Here are the details :
Must like facebook page A Story of Faith…..
https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Story-of-Faith/328844927127645

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Write us on our page why you should be the winner of attending this Black Tie Affair. Share your story with friends and family so they can vote for your story. The person with the most likes for their story on our page, will win the ticket, get their picture with our celebrity artist and win an autographed book A Story of Faith. Contest will go on until June 28 2014

An opportunity to help save lives and be of support to those parents enduring prematurity and the tireless staff that take care of these babies and make a difference!

You may say, I am single, or my baby is healthy or I am a wedding professional, or I am a guy, or I am a business person, none of this should interest me, why should I go?

But on the contrary, these are the future leaders of America.

Did you know that there are famous people that were born premature and made an impact in the world?

Most recently Time Magazine published an article on David Joyce, US House Representative for Ohio, Republican District 14

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Read Time Magazine article and see the amazing story.

http://www.chw.org/~/media/Files/About/TimeMagazineArticle.pdf

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Here are some other famous premature babies:

See this article from Little Treasure’s Foundation

http://www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/prematurity-resources/support-for-families/prematurity-articles/famous-premature-babies/

“Prematurity has always been part of the human experience and some babies who were born early have always been able to survive. We can find traces of illustrious prems in historical biographies – some whose prematurity is certain, thanks to precise records, and others for whom it can only be inferred because an infant was very small, or had some typical complication of prematurity. The following list includes only some of the most famous names imaginable:

Johannes Kepler: 
German astronomer and mathematician. Born 1571. Lived 59 years. Estimated I.Q. 160. He had a bad start in life as he was a seven month baby and seven month babies were proverbially thought to be weak in body and mind. As he grew, however, his body became strong and his superior intellect evolved. He became the Principal Mathematician to the Emperor and a founder of modern astronomy and physics. He elucidated the Copernican concept of the Universe.

Sir Isaac Newton:
British mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. Born 1642. Lived 85 years. Estimated I.Q. 170. On Christmas Day in the house of Woolthrope, a three-pound baby, newly born, rested on a pillow near his mother. He was alive but fighting for breath. Frightened old midwives went for the doctor remarking, “The baby’s as good as dead. It’s a miracle if he lives until we get back. Such a tiny mite, he is.” Later Isaac would remember fondly his mother’s remark, “You were so tiny that you might have been put into a quart mug!” This tiny mite came to be known as one of the greatest scientific geniuses of all time.

Sir Winston Churchill:
British statesman. Born 1874. Lived 91 years. He was not expected to be born until sometime in January of the following year. He upset a ball by his early birth on November 30. He had good lungs, for the Duchess of Marlborough shook her head and observed, “I have myself given life of quite a number of infants-such an earth-shaking noise as this newborn baby made, I have never heard.”

Anna Pavlova:
Ballerina. Born 1885. Lived 46 years. As a premature infant she “. . . was so weak and puny that her parents had her baptized three days after birth. She spent most of her time in the next few months . . . wrapped in cotton wool.” She ultimately became and was proclaimed the worlds’s most famous ballerina.

Stevie Wonder (Stevland Morris ):
Singer, songwriter, producer. Born 1950. It is thought that he received excessive oxygen levels in his incubator which led to retinopathy of prematurity, a destructive ocular disorder affecting the retina, characterized by abnormal growth of blood vessels, scarring, and sometimes retinal detachment. Common among other prematurely born children in the 1940s and 50s, this is considered to be the ultimate cause of his blindness.

He has recorded more than 30 Top 10 hits, won 21 Grammy Awards (a record for a solo artist), also one for lifetime achievement, he has won an Oscar for Best Song and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. Opera star Luciano Pavarotti once referred to him in a concert as a “great, great musical genius”.

Albert Einstein: 
Physicist (Nobel Prize Winner 1921). Born in. Ulm, Germany, Mar. 14, 1870. Died Princeton, N.J., Apr. 18, 1955. He contributed more than any other scientist to the 20th-century vision of physical reality. At his birth, Albert’s mother was reputedly frightened that her infant’s head was so large and oddly shaped. His parents also worried about his intellectual development as a child due to his initial language delay and his lack of fluency until the age of nine, though he was one of the top students in his elementary school.

Charles Darwin:
British Naturalist: Born Feb 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. Died April 1882. He achieved lasting fame by convincing the scientific community that species develop over time from a common origin. He developed his interest in natural history while studying first medicine, then theology, at university. During Darwin’s lifetime many species and geographical features were given his name.

Infact, when the Beagle was surveying Australia in 1839, one of Darwin’s friend sighted a natural harbour which the ship’s captain named Port Darwin. The settlement of Palmerston founded there in 1869 was officially renamed Darwin in 1911. It became the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory, which also boasts Charles Darwin University and Charles Darwin National Park.

John Keats: 
EnglishPoet. Born 31 Oct 1795. Died 23 Feb 1821. He was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. He often felt himself working in the shadow of past poets, particularly Milton, Spenser and Shakespeare. Only towards the end of his life did he produce his most original and most memorable poems, including a series of odes that remain among the most popular poems in English.

Mark Twain: 
Writer. Born Nov 1835. Died April 1910. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, entered the world 2 months early, weighing only 5 pounds. It was 1835, a time when preemies could not be expected to live. In fact, his mother wrote, “A lady came in one day and said you don’t expect to raise that babe do you. I said I would try. But he was a poor looking object to raise.” Despite his premature birth, Mark Twain would live to become one of the most famous personalities in American literature.

Victor Hugo:
French Poet and Novelist. Born Feb 1802. Died May 1885. Although there is no positive proof that Victor Hugo was born prematurely, it is likely judging from several descriptions of his birth and infancy. His mother described him as “no longer than a knife.” in fact, it is said that Victor’s coffin was ordered from the carpenter at the same time as his cradle. He later told Alexandre Dumas that even at 15 months he could not hold his head erect. Like many preemies, Hugo was determined to live and make his mark on society. he went on to become one of the greatest writers of all time as well as a major figure in French politics. His best-known works are the novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: 
French writer and philosopher. Born 1712. Died July 1778. Rousseau was born almost dead and infact his mother died nine days after giving birth due to complications from childbirth.

He saw a fundamental divide between society and human nature. Rousseau contended that man was good-by nature, when in the state of nature (the state of all other animals, and the condition humankind was in before the creation of civilization and society), but is corrupted by society. His political ideas greatly influenced the French Revolution, development of socialist theory and growth of nationalism.

Sidney Poitier: 
Award winning actor, film director and activist. Born Feb 1927. He was born on the high seas. As he was premature when he was born, he was not originally expected to survive the boat ride. His early career started out in Broadway and broke into Hollywood in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle. He was the first male black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award and first to have won an academy award for Best Actor. He has directed several film with the most successful being “Stir Crazy”.

These are just a few names. Other famous premature babies  include Napolean Bonaparte (French Emperor), Voltaire (French writer and philosopher), Renoir (Impressionist painter), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German poet, dramatist and novelist), Thomas Hobbes (English philosopher), Michael J Fox (American actor), Mark and Carol Thatcher (twins of UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher).

Major sources of information:
Premature Babies UK, Neonatology on the Web, Wikepedia, The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies – Linden, Paroli and Doron”

So now that we gave you the history of prematurity and how these people impacted our society, you can see the importance of being involved in the Gift of Life to help the NICU.

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Spotlight on The Rosen Centre…..

Today’s Sponsor spotlight is on The Rosen Centre.  The Rosen Centre is the host of The  Gift of Life event.  At Rosen Hotels & Resorts, they believe the more you give, the more you get back in return. When you plan your next meeting with them, up to 10% of your rooms revenue may be eligible to go back to your Master Account or to the charity of your choice. Not only will you sleep well in their luxuriously comfortable beds, but you will also take comfort in knowing they are doing all they can to make the world a better place to live.

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When we asked Rosen’s Centre’s Director of Social Catering, Crystal Grice, why Rosen Centre would get involved in this fundraiser, she stated” “Rosen Hotels and Resorts and the Rosen Centre are committed to health and happy families. It is our pleasure to be the host hotel for the Gift of Life event. 27 Miracles is providing another opportunity to invest in the future of Central Florida’s health care community. We encourage any and all to join in!!”    www.RosenCentre.com

27 Miracles is very proud to be working with the Rosen Centre and their team on the Gift of Life Event that will benefit Florida Hospital, The Walt Disney Children’s Pavillion and the  Making of the movie A Story of Faith.

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Spotlight on ..Rico …Michael Jackson

27 Miracles wants to take a moment every day for the next week or so and spotlight a different person that has chosen to give of themselves to The Gift Of Life. If you have not purchased your  tickets yet,  you can purchase them here

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Visit our website often as everyday it is being updated with our sponsors and celebrities joining the cause to The Gift of Life.  It is an event that you do not want to miss.

I would like to introduce “Enrico Hampton” known to many as “Rico-Michael Jackson” world’s most exciting Michael Jackson Tribute artist.” His life as an entertainer has been event filled, performing for various community events, schools, churches, and charities. Rico’s breath taking performances have led him on a journey around the country from LA to New York. His musical magnetism has drawn recognition and praise from the city of Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley, who honored the multi-talented with a proclamation proclaiming December 5th Enrico Hampton Day in the City of Chicago.

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As the Chicago tribune and other news stations and television shows have stated…..

“Rico’s performance is irresistibly intoxicating and should not be missed if the opportunity occurs.”

Watch a video of one of the thousands of performances that Rico has done….

27 Miracles is honored to have Rico Perform for you at the Gift of Life Fundraiser on September 13 2014 at the beautiful Rosen Centre Hotel.

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A Mother’s Journey

When Rosie Moore Married her love Marcus Moore, she always imagined that they would get pregnant and have a baby or two and life would be easy.  After being married a year they decided that was the time to start their new family together.  The year went by and no success.  They visited their doctor who said hmm we shall have to start infertility treatments to help you along the way because your body has forgotten how to get pregnant after a 13 year lapse.  So reluctantly for a few months  they tried it the doctor’s way.  Rosie got to the point that she did not want anymore interventions and planned appointments.  They prayed to the Lord and said, Lord let your will be done.  Three months after treatment stopped on the Friday before mother’s day, Rosie was able to give Marcus the biggest surprise ever.  God intervened and they were expecting their first child.

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A few months in to the pregnancy after all the other trials of pregnancy, the doctors discovered that Rosie had stroke level high blood pressure and she did not have any symptoms, which worried them.  They became concerned and said immediate hospital stays were mandatory. Kaleb’s life and Rosie’s life were in danger.  On an unssupecting day while already hospitalized, Kaleb’s heart rate dropped, he had the cord wrapped around his neck three times.  An emergency c-section was needed.

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Rosie and Marcus endured a 5 month stay with Kaleb in the NICU where daily doctors would say we don’t guarantee his life.  There were days that they both wanted to give up hope, but each time they thought there was no hope, God gave them strength to keep going.

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Until one day after being born at 1lb 10 oz and 27 weeks he was discharged after 23 weeks or 5 months in the NICU at 10lbs 1 oz.  What an amazing God of miracles. Notice he reversed his weight at discharge from birth!

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This is why Rosie Moore decided to put her story of faith on paper and now in to a movie to help support those moms and dads and healthcare workers that are struggling day in and day out wondering what will become of their child.  Even after they go home on medications, treatments, equipment, there is hope! Today Kaleb is 4 years old and although he only has 1 kidney and some eating issues, the doctors are amazed at his progress and development!

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Join 27 Miracles and other Sponsors on September 13 2014

The Gift of Life Event 

This special night includes dinner, entertainment, guest celebrities, and silent auction to bring awareness and support to Florida Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Celebrating the daily miracles of premature newborns and encouraging all individuals & families through the making of the movie, 

“A Story of Faith”

Proceeds will go to Florida Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Orlando

as well as towards the costs of producing the movie, “A Story of Faith”

based on the book authored by Rosie Moore

See Fox News Lauren Johnson Interview

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Stay tuned to the website for updates on the event

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Going Home from The NICU

When you are expecting a baby you expect to be pregnant for 9 months, have a normal delivery and be home 2-3 days later.  But sometimes due to circumstances beyond our control that is not always the case.  Jennifer was one of those moms, expecting a normal delivery, but instead found herself delivering Baby Kellan at 33 weeks when her water broke. An emergency c-section to save Baby Kellan and mom’s life was necessary because she developed preeclampsia.”

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Preeclampsia is a condition that pregnant women develop. It is marked by high blood pressure and a high level of protein in the urine. Preeclamptic women will often also have swelling in the feet, legs, and hands. This condition usually appears during the second half of pregnancy, often in the latter part of the second or in the third trimesters, although it can occur earlier http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/preeclampsia-eclampsia) .  

Kalen was 4 lbs 2 oz and then dropped his weight to under 4 lbs due to the prematurity of his lungs.  He was not able to come home until he gained his 4 lbs again.  This is not what Jennifer expected after recuperating from her own unexpected surgery.  But the day came for her to  bring baby Kellan home.  In Jennifer’s words she stated, ” I remember holding Kellan for the 1st time without tubes & wires. (What a crazy feeling that was–felt like I was going to set an alarm off for moving more than a foot with him.) He was just over 4lbs. We were getting ready to be discharged from the NICU.  And I am not afraid to admit that I was scared beyond belief!”

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This is just one mom’s trials of the NICU.  Baby Kellan was only in the NICU 10 days due to the fact that their hospital was not equipped to handle a longer stay for babies in the NICU.    He should have stayed a little longer because after discharge he developed many issues with feeding.  Jennifer drives 3 hours each way to get specialized treatment and care for Kellan.

This is just one of the reasons for The Gift of Life Event on September 13, 2014.  This event is not just a reason to get dressed up, have good food and entertainment with a chance to get a celebrity’s autograph.  Those are all good reasons to come out and have a great time.  You can’t beat the price a nice dinner, entertainment and celebrity encounters.  But know that with that,  your ticket purchases and your donations will go towards the needs of the NICU( Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and the making of the movie A Story of Faith,  The Movie will be based on the experience of the NICU   and will offer support to parents and healthcare workers during this critical time through a love story and a journey of faith.

To learn more about the event visit our website at http://www.astoryoffaith.com/

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We hope to see you there !

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