The Parker Reese Foundation

New Hope For Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Archive for December, 2008

Posted by Jessica Singletary on December 24, 2008

It is hard to believe that another year is coming to an end and in 8 days we will be starting a new year with new goals but the same mission: to help families diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. 

 

We held our first annual “Round for Hope” charity golf tournament in Universal City, Texas and raised over 4,000 dollars!  We will be hosting this event again in 2009 and expect to raise more money and awareness for congenital diaphragmatic hernia.  A huge thanks goes out to the ladies in Texas for putting this amazing and successful event together in less than two months. 

 

In May 2008 we founded Parker’s House in Hillsborough, NC.  It is a home free of charge to families delivering babies diagnosed with CDH at either Duke University Medical Center or UNC Chapel Hill.  In June we had our first family, The Van Dyke’s, from Kings Mountain, NC; in September came, The Myers, from New Bern, NC; November, The Vierig’s, from Jacksonville, NC.

We are so blessed to know each of these families and to be able to offer them hope. 

 

In January 2009 we will house our 4th family, The Ashworth’s, from Bevard, NC.  Although we wish we were meeting these families under different circumstances we are thankful that we are able to help them in their time of need. 

 

During the next few weeks we will take time off to spend with our families and to regroup.  We are looking forward to coming back in January to continue helping families diagnosed with CDH.  We will be planning two new events, creating our clothing line and developing our marketing materials. 

 

Next year will also bring our meeting with Duke University Medical Center and our tour of Mass General in Boston, MA and their CDH study program.

 

We have accomplished so much in the year 2008 and we look forward to doing more in 2009.  The Parker Reese Foundation is committed to raising awareness every day and to helping families in need and offering them hope. 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at The Parker Reese Foundation! 

 

Sincerely,

Jessica Singletary

President

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After 21 days at Duke….

Posted by Jessica Singletary on December 16, 2008

Bodee is home with his family where he belongs.  Mark, Kristen, Dakota and Bodee left Parker’s House on Saturday, December 13th.  It is very bittersweet when families leave Parker’s House but we are so happy for the Vierig Family!

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Snips and snails, and puppy dog tails….

Posted by Jessica Singletary on December 11, 2008

That’s what little boys are made of.  And Parker’s House has tons of little boys! 

Seth was our first little boy and we miss him so much!  He will forever live in Parker’s House and in our hearts.  There are no words to describe what Seth means to us. 

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Carter is our second little boy and he’s doing so well.  I suspect that Carter will be going home soon although it’ll be bittersweet for us to see him leave.  He is one of the cutest little boys I have ever laid eyes on and I know he’ll be a heart breaker when he gets older.  Just check out how seriously cute this little boy is! 

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Our third little boy is Bodee.  He was born with LCDHand was not diagnosed until birth.  He was care flighted to Duke from Jacksonville, NC marine base and is doing awesome!  He had his repair at 3 days old and has been breezing through CDH.  His parents, Mark and Kristin, are the nicest people and his little sister, Dakota is adorable!  He too is absolutely adorable and we look forward to meeting him as I know he’ll be packing his little bags and leaving Duke to go back to his home in Jacksonville. 

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Our 4th boy will come in late January.  His name is Davis.   Mom and Dad are Carolyn and Mike.  They are a very special couple and we cannot wait to meet them although we wish it were under different circumstances. 

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We have been so blessed by the families that live in Parker’s House.  They each have taught us something different and we are forever grateful to each of them for helping us heal our own CDH journey.   I figure soon enough we’ll have our first girl but until then we’ll just enjoy our little boys! 

Please keep these families in your prayers.

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