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Most often when expectant parents first learn they are pregnant with twins, they are delighted and can hardly contain their excitement. WOW! What news! And suddenly, they are thinking, "We're going to need two car seats, cribs...two of everything...diapers, bottles, onesies, strollers and more!"


And the planning begins! "Will we need a new car to fit both car seats?" Won't it be fun to share the news that we're bringing two babies into the world all at once."


The possibility that their babies might make an early appearance just doesn't enter the picture - until they are faced with exactly that situation, and the reality that they aren't prepared hits full force. Suddenly the statistics that 50 percent of twin births are premature become real. They ARE in that 50 percent group, and they are going to need help - NOW!


When calls for help come,

Caiden's Hope steps in immediately!


During the past two weeks, Caiden's Hope has been blessed to help three families with preemie twins, along with two single births, for a total of eight preemies across the country. Each of these families is expecting a very long journey in the NICU before their infants can go home. And just because they will be released someday, their struggle won't end, but we pray that Caiden's Hope financial assistance will meet many of their immediate needs.


We were able to send gift cards and tiny teddy bears to those families all the way from Temecula and Chula Vista, California; to Omaha, Nebraska; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Birmingham, Alabama, and we would ask you to keep each of these families in your prayers.


Except in unusual circumstances, we don't name the families for privacy reasons, but God knows who they are, and He will hear your prayers.

Remembering important dates in my life


There are four important dates in my life. Dates that are more than special. Dates I'll never forget. September 11 (not for what you're thinking, but I won't forget that September 11th either), August 18, March 8 and January 12th.


On September 11, 1975 my lovely bride and I got married. We just celebrated 45 years of marriage on Friday.


Our boys (now grown men) were born on the other days.


Each time, my wife was admitted to the hospital, quickly delivered the boys and just as quickly we were sent home with a healthy child. Ten fingers and Ten toes, and everyone happy. We always thought that was just the way it was.


We were wrong. Very wrong!


The fact that 450,000+ babies are born premature each year in the United States never entered our minds back then.


We really didn't even learn a thing about premature infants until January 2010 when our good friends daughter went into labor 2 months early. Her son Caiden was born at 3.5 pounds with CHARGE syndrome. As a result of his early birth, we formed Caiden's Hope Foundation to help others.


I honestly don't know what we would or could have done if any of our boys had been born premature. How could we have afforded the enormous expense? Could we have faced the enormous stress involved? Could we have kept our marriage together? Many marriages don't make it. I hope so, and I have faith that we would have stayed together, but I honestly don't know. Marriage is tough without the added stress of a premature infant. The financial stress added to the very personal fear that a child might not survive often tears people apart.


With premature births edging close to a half billion each year, many if not most parents are facing the very real prospect of financial collapse


Without faith in God and financial assistance from the community, they will be facing all the struggles head on They need our help. They need YOUR help.

What can one person do?

  • Do you have a good idea for a virtual fundraiser?

  • Do you have a talent for event planning?

  • Are you a graphic artist; are you a business owner who wants go give back to the community?

  • Do you belong to a church or organization that's looking for ways to work together to assist future NICU parents?

  • Are you a Preemie Parent who has received help from Caiden's Hope and will share your story with others?

Has God placed our mission on your heart? If so, please visit www.caidenshope.org today to make a tax deductible donation or contact us at wayne@caidenshope.org. Those are just a few ways that you can help Caiden's Hope Foundation.

"Pennies for Preemies"

This past week Caiden's Hope Foundation contacted churches in the area to begin our new donation program named "Pennies for Preemies." This idea came from 19th century American Chaplain, Charles Cardwell McCabe who was given the daunting challenge of raising one million dollars for missionary work. And, with some much-needed help, he succeeded in

fulfilling his mission - "A Million for Missions."


The story goes that a little boy was the catalyst that helped bring about the chaplain's success. It seems that the boy heard about McCabe's pursuit and asked his mother to write this letter for him - "Dear Chaplain McCabe, I am glad you are getting a million dollars for missions. I send you five cents to help, and if you want any more, just write to me."


Just as Chaplain McCabe was inspired by the child, at Caiden's Hope, we have a goal to help thousands of families. Even so, our goal is much more attainable than raising a million dollars, but we still need your help.


Though it would be wonderful to raise that much, we aren't seeking "A Million for Missions"


Our dream is that YOU and your church or other organization will join our "Pennies for Preemies" program. We hope you will let us provide your church or organization with one of our Piggy Banks so your congregation can join our mission of helping families with infants in the NICU across the nation, by donating all those "pesky" pennies that always somehow manage to just get in the way and rarely get spent. If you or your church are interested, please let us know and we'll get the ball rolling.



Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce Lobsterfest Golf Tournament


Friday October 2, 2020, Caiden's Hope Foundation will be participating in the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce Lobsterfest Golf Tournament. We will have a canopy on the Panorama Golf Club course (we don't know which hole yet) to encourage players to learn more about the needs of NICU parents. If you're going to be playing, be sure to stop by the Caiden's Hope tent for your free gift and for a chance to take home an electric guitar signed by Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn. No purchase or donation is required.




That wraps up another Caiden's Hope Lifeline. We hope you are enjoying our thoughts.


See you in two weeks.


Wayne Keller

Executive Director

Caiden's Hope Foundation

713-444-3412

wayne@caidenshope.org

www.caidenshope.org


Caiden's Hope Foundation...a lifeline to NICU parents across the country.


During the past few weeks, Caiden's Hope Foundation has been able to answer the call for help from the banks of the St. Johns River in the First Coast region of northeast Florida, up through Alabama and Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and all the way to the western bank of the Connecticut River and Mount Tom Range in Massachusetts.


We ask you to pray for all the NICU families who were provided with help and hope and were able to care for the precious newborns thanks to the generosity of giving people such as you.


Faith paves the way


Over the last three years, I have been blessed to participate in Sunday church services as a camera operator on the church's Tech Team. During the sermon this past Sunday our Pastor spoke on the faith of Paul and Barnabas and how they went to Antioch to spread the news about Jesus Christ.


The strong faith of Barnabas and Paul reminded me of the faith we have had in spreading the message of Caiden's Hope Foundation. And, it surely was faith that brought Caiden's Hope Foundation to a talented young lady who became our National Ambassador-Mary Sarah.


Some time before we met Mary Sarah, my wife and I were with her parents celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in Branson, Missouri, and got to attend and Oak Ridge Boys concert. Through a very roundabout route, we were put in touch with the artists and they signed a guitar for Caiden's Hope Foundation.


Several months later, we heard they were performing in Texas, bought tickets and made the fairly short trip down to Galveston to hear them again. During their show they announced that they had asked one of their young friends from Houston to perform. That young friend was Mary Sarah.


To say we were amazed by this extraordinary young

lady is an understatement!


After the show we immediately tried to meet her and found her outside standing by herself. This is where God took over. As I explained the mission of Caiden's Hope to Mary Sarah, she started to tear up. Thinking I had been too forward by telling her what we were doing, I apologized for making her cry. She responded by asking if I had Googled her, and said "How did you know?"


I told her I really knew nothing about her, but that we believed that God had provided a way for us to meet her and ask for her help. Through her tears, she told us about her brother who had been born weighing 1.2 pounds, and how her mother had cared for him. The story has been retold in their family many times as Mary Sarah and her sister were the 2nd and 3rd children in the family, and weren't even born when he was in the NICU.


We firmly believe that God intervened that night, bringing us together with this delightfully vibrant and talented young singer who graciously accepted our request that she be Caiden's Hope's National Ambassador.

It's been seven years since our first meeting and Caiden's Hope is so proud to call this young lady our great friend. She continues to support Caiden's Hope Foundation as National Ambassador, lending her talent at every opportunity to help raise funds for parents with a premature infant hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


For those who may not have heard of Mary Sarah here's a brief background on her phenomenal career-She was raised in the Texas Opry circuit where she first began defining and honoring her traditional country roots. She then went on to land a major touring role with Kidz Bop at the age of 12.


Combining her touring experience with her love of traditional country music gave way to a once-in-a-lifetime album - duets featuring Country Music Legend's like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price and much more - all before the age of 18. Her album is titled "Bridges."


In 2016, American embraced her on the #1 rated TV show in the country, The Voice, where her blind audition garnered her a 4-chair turn, singing country's iconic "Where the Boys Are" by Connie Francis. Since finishing 5th on The Voice (Season 10) & serving as the Kohl's Greenroom Host (Season 11), her opportunities have expanded to include multiple performances on the Grand Ole Opry.

As you learn more about Caiden's Hope Foundation (www.caidenshope.org) please also visit www.marysarah.com to learn where you can see her perform live.


Well, that's it for today, but we wanted to remind you that YOUR gifts to Caiden's Hope Foundation...small or large...are always greatly appreciated. And, more importantly, YOUR gifts go directly to help families with their tiny babies in NICU. Without YOU, some Mom may not be able to buy a sandwich for lunch today!


Thanks for continuing to follow Caiden's Hope Foundation.


See you in two weeks!


Wayne











Thank you to everyone who read the inaugural issue of Caiden's Hope Foundation's blog posted August 1, 2020. We plan to post every other Saturday, and hope you will join in as we bring you news and interesting tidbits about families with infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units across the nation, especially during this time of unrest and deep concern for the health of newborns.


This week we thought we would touch upon a recent phenomenon posted by Kelly Cryderman in The Globe and Mail in Calgary, Canada.


"Canadian hospitals saw a sudden drop in

premature births during the pandemic.

Now researchers are trying to find out why."


"Executive director Jannette Festival knew she had a mystery to solve earlier this year, when pandemic lockdowns started taking effect and the usual milk orders from many neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) dropped. By April, orders were 40 per cent below normal.


Ms. Festival, a nurse, started calling the NICUs to figure out what was going on, prepared to defend the safety of the donated milk in the age of novel coronavirus. She was surprised to

learn it wasn't a fear of infection causing the change; many units simply didn't need their regular shipments because they were seeing a significant decrease in the number of very small babies born.


There are theories that women in the final weeks of pregnancy stayed at home instead of carrying on with their regular, stressful loves or faced fewer germs. It's also possible there was less air pollution - as people drove less, planes were parked and factories idled. As lockdowns have eased, there are some corresponding reports of preterm births returning closer to normal levels."


Interestingly, Caiden's Hope also noted a drop in requests from hospital for NICU support of parents during their time at the hospital, and discovered that, although they did not have fewer preemies in the NICU, the hospital staffs had been drastically reduced due to pandemic layoffs. As their support staff decreased, there were fewer hospital social service case workers to help parents seek assistance.


Of course, this does not mean the need has lessened in any way. NICU parents are still personally caring for their precious newborns daily and they still need your support!.


YOU can help them with your tax deductible donation via our secure PayPal donation link at www.caidenshope.org.


The note below is an example of one family's response to Caiden's Hope's financial assistance to them -


"At 19 weeks pregnant we found out our soon to be baby boy had a severe heart defect. We also found out he would need heart surgery within a few days of being born. We live in Sioux City, Iowa and needed to be in and stay in Omaha, Nebraska until he recovered and could go home. He arrived earlier than expected at 35 weeks. We received the gift cards from you helping with the extra cost of travel that is very appreciated. We are grateful for your foundation and the support!"


Countless others have shared their gratitude for not only the financial help, but the fact that we work hard to help them.


By the way if you're looking for a simple and fun way to support Caiden's Hope and NICU parents - and bring special joy to a little one you love - now's the time to visit www.caidenshope.org/shop and check out our collection of teddy bears.


Soft and cuddly, the heartwarming smile and timeless appeal of a teddy bear brings comfort and snuggles to babies and 'kids' of all ages.

Just one hug and you're Forever Friends!


Just pick out the bear you love the most, and you'll be helping bring

HOPE and HELP to a NICU family.


Your purchase of a 'Forever Friend' will immediately help a family with a tiny baby in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by providing them with money to buy a meal, possibly even their first meal of a LONG day since they spent all their money on enough gasoline to get to the hospital one more time.


When you purchase a teddy bear for someone you love, please add a 3.5 inch teddy bear for a family in the NICU. We'll cover the cost of shipping this adorable teddy bear directly to Mom and Dad!

Thanks for following Caiden's Hope Foundation as we continue to provide needed support for parents with a premature infant hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Be sure to subscribe to our blog and our social media. Links are included at the top of this page and at www.caidenshope.org


Thank you for your support!


Wayne Keller

Executive Director

Caiden's Hope Foundation

@2023 Caiden's Hope Foundation: Blessed to be assisting NICU parents since 2010