Many Calgarians will come forward to help others on Friday, December 3rd as Global New Radio 770 CHQR organizes its annual Pledge Day Radiothon.
Some of the money raised will give a big boost to the struggling little ones.
They also include Megan Campbell’s twins, Lincoln and Faith, who were born four months earlier on Valentine’s Day 2021.
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“When they were born, she[weighed]only a pound and a half, so there were many nights where she didn’t know if she would make it,” Campbell said.
“He had three surgeries: two on his stomach and one on his heart.”
Struggling to survive, the twins spent their first five months in neonatal intensive care.
“In the NICU, for as long as they were there, I was pumping my breastmilk for them,” Campbell said. “Unfortunately, once I got home, my milk supply ran out, so I contacted Northernstar Mother’s Milk Bank.”
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Northernstar, Alberta’s only milk bank, celebrated 10 years of helping thousands of families on November 29.
“We are not funded by the government, so we run as a charity, and we milk the hospitals,” said Northernstar executive director Janet Festival.
“(Breast milk) is as much a medicine as it is a food, and so it is very important to keep (babies) immune, supplying them with essential nutrients, so donor milk has proved to be a lifesaver for them. Children.”
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Claire Harris donated milk for her daughter, Scarlett, now eight months old, after counting on the milk bank for several months.
“I had a really challenging pregnancy and — like a lot of parents — a rough start to breastfeeding,” Harris said. “In the early days of Scarlett we had so much support and access to donor milk, so this was one way I could give back.”
The festival says that Milk Bank always welcomes new donors.
Festival said, “Now that most of our moms are vaccinated, their antibodies get into the milk, which is great, so we can supply those babies to the NICU and protect them from COVID as well.” “
Campbell is now looking forward to celebrating the first Christmas of her twins.
“The difference the mothers who have donated have made to us is truly special.”
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