Willow is a beautiful 4 and a half year old little girl who was born with VACTERL association. This causes lower and upper GI issues along with kidney and bladder issues and spinal abnormalities (spinal cord tethered as well as extra vertebrate and fusion of vertebrate). Willow has also been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and has fine and gross motor delays. She receives physical therapy and occupational therapy as she has limitations on movement and activities. This sweet little girl recently had her 7th surgery on her bowels and bladder.
A preschool sized ergonomic carrier would help Willow’s family greatly. “We enjoy being as active as we can,” Willow’s mom tells us. “A carrier would give us help in hiking more often, going on family walks again, help make shopping and doctor appointments easier to navigate. With Willow’s spine issues she tires easily. Her sensory issues would be met as well with the touch and warmth and security when out in public. Overall it would give us more opportunities to be us again, before she is too heavy for any of us to hold for long times.”
Here is where you come in….
Now you can help Willow and her family by providing them with the gift of babywearing. Our goal is to raise $145 to provide Willow with a preschool size ergonomic Kinderpack carrier that will meet her needs and allow Willow and her family to #babyweartothrive.
Willow and her family are so grateful to have your support. Our organization will be publicly thanking all donors on our website at www.babywearingtothrive.org
Lift Me Up is a non-profit program created by three mamas (Kristin, Sarah, and Rachel) with the mission to provide babywearing carriers to families who have children with special needs. Babywearing is a unique therapeutic tool that can benefit both the child and the caregiver. We provide ergonomic carriers to qualified families who have a child with a developmental special need and who do not already own a carrier.
The Carrier Connection by Lift Me Up is a way for you to join the #babyweartothrive movement. We feature families through this Carrier Connection campaign so you can learn their stories and support them personally. These families have a special need for larger sized carriers so older toddlers or preschoolers can also receive the benefits of babywearing. These types of carriers are more costly and more difficult to come by than carriers sized for infants and smaller children. Lift Me Up has recently partnered with Kindercarry to help make our Carrier Connection successful so even more families can babywear to thrive.
To meet our other Carrier Connection families and see how they are now babywearing to thrive because of your donations, go to our webpage and check out our blog updates.
100% of money raised from this fundraiser will go directly to providing an ergonomic carrier for Willow and her family. If funds exceed the goal, all extra funds will be allocated to the next Carrier Connection family. We three mamas of Lift Me Up are strictly volunteers; it’s important to us that every one of your dollars goes towards helping families who have children with special needs #babyweartothrive.
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Visit our website to learn more details and find out how babywearing aides in physical, emotional, and social development of the child. Here you can also follow our blog, read stories of our thriving recipients, and make a tax deductible donation anytime.
The gift of babywearing might be priceless, but with your help we can provide Willow and her family with the carrier they need to #babyweartothrive.