11:11 Promise Update...
Thank you to everyone that referred yourself or others to our agency over the past month. In large part due to your referrals, our family had a couple of opportunities to honor Avery and keep our 11:11 Promise.
This past Wednesday, May 9th, we (Laura & Mike) were asked to share Avery's and our story in front of a group of OB/GYN's and Midwives with our hope being that they'd begin universally offering genetic testing to their patients. We weren't certain what to expect, but as we spoke we sensed a very warm and engaged audience. Prior to leaving, one of the practices in attendance, a group of 5 midwives, approached us with open arms and tears in their eyes and informed us that Avery's story has changed their mind and moving FWD they will encourage all of their patients to utilize genetic testing. We embraced one another in hugs and thank you's - for us sharing and for their attending and embracing Avery & our story enough to come together that quickly and definitively agree to make a change.
To learn more about genetic testing & why The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes, "All women need accurate information in order to make appropriate decisions regarding the various forms of genetic screening and diagnostic testing available in pregnancy", click here.
In addition to our speaking engagement, we also took the whole family to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) thank firefighters participating in the MDA's Fill the Boot campaign.
As mentioned in the last 11:11 Promise blog post, MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated fire fighters hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.
Fill the Boot donations benefit MDA’s shared mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.