Project: Cameron's Story
7th Annual Bookraiser
Would your business/school/office be interested in hosting a book collection site during our February bookraiser this year? It's easy to do! We send you all the materials - and you just collect the books!! Visit this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/47s48w3s5ym3pvj/PCSInterofficeBookCollections7thAnnual.pdf?dl=0 to find all the information you need to secure permission from your boss/administrator, etc. Last year, we had 114 interoffice collection sites. This year we are raising the bar - our goal is to secure 120 collection sites!! We have about 80 sites secured so far. Can we get 40 more? Of course we can - but we need your help!!
Meet some of the babies that have been touched by Cameron's story
Tucker was born on 8/13/14 at 9:14 am at 41 weeks. He weighed 9lbs 3.1oz and was 22 inches long. Less than 24 hours after delivery, a doctor informed us that Tucker had vomited a significant amount of blood and that he would be transferred to the NICU. Within an hour, my husband and I were following an ambulance to Albany Medical Center, not knowing what the fate of our new baby would be. The best moment of our lives had so quickly changed to the scariest. There are no words to describe the emotions that a parent endures during a time like this. Tucker was diagnosed with having Hemorrhagic Gastritis. His Doctor estimated that he lost approximately 1/3 of his blood supply and his little body was in shock. We were so scared and sad for our baby. I was so angry that he was in the situation he was in. I did everything I could for 9 months to protect my baby and keep him healthy and now all I could do was pray. I saw a book on the windowsill of his room, Yummiest Love. The book was donated by Aviation Mall. I knew instantly that it was a Project: Cameron’s Story book and I smiled. I smiled at a time that I didn’t think it was possible to smile. We read that book over and over and over again to Tucker. We couldn’t feed him, rock him when he cried or hold him whenever we wanted, but we could read to him. Our Project: Cameron's Story book helped get us through a very difficult time. It is very difficult to put into words how much this book meant to us. It gave us something that we could do for our son when we felt helpless.
Anthony was born full term and on his due date during an ice storm in early March 2011. At just two days old, and home from the birthing hospital, he began to twitch on his right side. We headed to Albany Medical Center where he was quickly admitted to the NICU. He was having seizures that lasted over 24 hours. His diagnosis of having a stroke left more questions than answers. During his 10 day stay at the NICU he received The Little Engine that Could, by Watty Piper, from Project: Cameron’s Story. Our book allowed me to feel connected to our baby who I could not hold. Through reading the words, I was able to comfort my son while the message comforted me as he lay under a heating lamp. While his body was relearning how to regulate its body temperature, to control his breathing, and how to eat I read the words “I think I can, I think I can…” hoping that he would hear the message. Despite the warnings he may never walk, never talk, and would most likely be delayed in all areas of development, he has defied the odds. Now at three years old, he takes dance lessons and wants more than anything to be in "Newsies" on Broadway. The Little Engine that Could continues to be a theme for our family as we are still learning about the long term effects of the stroke. Although, over the years we have collected various versions of the story, it is the original that was donated by "B.O.O.K.S - Books Offer Opportunities Kids Succeed" that Anthony is photographed with each year on his birthday. Each time we read it, we are reminded of what we have been through, the hills we have climbed, and the many mountains that may lie ahead.
Becoming parents was a journey my husband and I did not realize would be the roller coaster it was. After a long road and with the help of fertility treatments, we became pregnant through IVF and were enjoying the relatively easy pregnancy I was blessed with. At 34 weeks and 5 days, I unexpectedly went into labor. Carter Michael was born on April 18th, 2014 at Albany Medical Center. He weighed 4 pounds 2 ounces and spent the first 16 days of his life in the NICU, as his preemie body learned to regulate his bodily functions and learned to eat without a feeding tube. We are one of the recipients of Project Cameron's Story as we received the book, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. The book was donated by "Hoosick Falls 1st Grade". It was the first book we ever read to Carter and has special meaning to us. That book brought us hope and a sense of normalcy during the most difficult time in our lives. What Cameron's Project does for families like mine is invaluable. Carter is now 8 months old, thriving, and still loves reading Mike Mulligan.
Are you a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in New York State?
Project: Cameron's Story currently partners with NICU's at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital, Bellevue Women's Center, Crouse Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital, Golisano Children's Hospital, UHS Wilson Hospital, and the Special Care Unit at Glens Falls Hospital. Every baby in each of those NICU's receives a brand new children's book upon admission.