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Graham's Foundation and CaringBridge Partner to Help Parents of Micro-Preemies Avoid Isolation

Free web sites from CaringBridge give parents of micro-preemies a virtual outlet with which to stay connected to their support networks.

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December 20, 2010 (FPRC) -- Graham’s Foundation recently announced that it has partnered with CaringBridge to provide parents of micro-preemie infants being treated in the NICU with free web sites that make sharing updates with loved ones simple. With a CaringBridge web site, parents can post photos, journal entries, and links to educational resources, and their friends and family can post comfort and encouragement in a personal guestbook.

"Being able to share the micro-preemie journey with the people who care about you makes the journey easier, but staying in touch when you're juggling NICU visits and your daily responsibilities is almost impossible," said Nick Hall, who founded Graham's Foundation with his wife Jennifer to address the emotional and physical needs of the mothers and fathers of micro-preemies. "A CaringBridge web site offers parents of micro-preemies a private online space to help the people in their lives understand the challenges, joys, and heartaches of caring for a baby born far too early."

Every year 50,000 micro-preemie babies – those weighing less than 3 pounds and delivered at less than 29 weeks gestation – are born in the United States. These babies often require intensive medical care for months, and their parents find themselves dealing with intense emotions and practical issues that are difficult to overcome. Partnering with CaringBridge is one more way for Graham's Foundation to help the parents of these special infants to survive and, eventually, to thrive.

About CaringBridge
CaringBridge is a nonprofit providing free websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends. Its mission is to amplify the love, hope, and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. More than 222,000 CaringBridge websites have been created since the organization was founded in 1997, and the CaringBridge community includes authors, visitors, and donors in all 50 U.S. states and more than 225 countries and territories. For more information, visit http://www.caringbridge.org.

About Graham's Foundation
Graham’s Foundation assembles and sends care packages designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of parents of micro-preemie babies, and provides goods and services that are both practical and inspirational. The charitable organization was founded in 2009 by Nick and Jennifer Hall, who experienced the roller-coaster ride of being parents in the neo-natal intensive care unit, losing their son Graham after 45 days and their daughter Reece’s four-month stay. For more information, visit http://www.GrahamsFoundation.org.

Media inquiries should be directed to:
Nick Hall
310-400-4099
nick@grahamsfoundation.org

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