Savanna is a beautiful 4 year old girl who has cerebral palsy with hypotonia. She has extremely low tone affecting her entire body, but her upper limbs, neck, and head are more severely affected. Savanna has a hard time holding her head in an upright position for more than 10 seconds at a time. She has limited floor mobility, cannot sit independently, and cannot walk. "I have to physically carry Savanna every where we go," her mom tells us, "I actually carry her around the house a lot and do most things one handed... She is getting big and with her instability of balance and floppiness, it is beginning to get harder and harder to carry her for long periods."
Savanna receives physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Her mom tells us that Savanna's most recent MRI showed loss of volume in her cerebellum. She explains how this has caused a regression in Savanna's motor skills and feeding. She will soon have feeding tube surgery performed in December.
Savanna and her family have never been able to purchase a babywearing carrier, and they told us how being able to wear Savanna would benefit their family greatly. Her mom says, "I would be able to be more productive around the house while still being able to hold Savanna. This would make hanging out with friends, going to zoo, or public trips alot easier. Right now I carry her in my arms most of the time. She is getting big and she likes to flop herself around, so it does hurt my back occasionally. This product will be a lifesaver, and I will be able to still hold my "baby" girl while doing many activities."
Now here is where you come in! Now you can help Savanna and her family by providing them with the gift of babywearing. Our goal is to raise $145 to provide Savanna with a toddler size ergonomic Kinderpack carrier that will meet her needs and allow Savanna and her family to #babyweartothrive.
Savanna 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 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 Svanna 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 Savanna and her family with the carrier they need to #babyweartothrive.