Living a Client’s Cause

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Living a Client’s Cause

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Friday, September 27, 2013 - 12:30pm

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I came to work for Crossroads in April 2010. One of the primary reasons was for the opportunity to work on clients like the March of Dimes. The non-profit organization helps moms have full-term pregnancies and researches the problems that threaten the health of babies. 

There is something so incredibly rewarding about working for a company like Crossroads, one that not only gives back through volunteering but through its client roster as well. I get the opportunity to help the March of Dimes communicate its efforts. As a result, I’ve headed home every day for the past 3-plus years feeling like I made some small contribution to making the world a better place.

It never occurred to me that I’d be living the March of Dimes mission.

Four months ago, my wife and I became parents. Our son, Teddy, was born nine weeks early. He spent 64 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) learning to feed with his mouth, regulate his own temperature and breathe on his own. It is easily the most difficult experience of my life.

Being born at 31 weeks gestation, his lungs were severely underdeveloped. An hour after he was born, the nurses told us he was suffering from respiratory distress syndrome and needed surfactant therapy. Surfactant is a chemical mixture that coats the air sacs in the lungs where oxygen enters the body and keeps the lungs from collapsing.

March of Dimes grantees helped develop the therapy that saved my son’s life. 

I feel lucky. Lucky that my son is home healthy. Lucky that he benefited from treatment that’s only been possible since 1990. Lucky that the March of Dimes had a hand in developing that treatment. And lucky that I can call the March of Dimes my client at Crossroads.