Register now for the Pebbles of Hope Virtual Walkathon in November to support prematurity awareness month!

Pebbles of Hope will be hosting its virtual walkathon again this year throughout the month of November, which is Prematurity Awareness Month.  Starting on November 1st and ending on November 30th, participants from around the world will walk anytime, anywhere during the event dates in support of premature babies and their parents. The 5K event will be powered by the Charity Footprints mobile app which allows walkers to set distance goals, solicit pledges from sponsors, and track their miles using the GPS technology on their mobile devices.

There is a registration fee of $10 to participate in the event, but all pledges and sponsorships will not be converted into donations until walkers complete their 3 mile goal.  If you are not interested in walking, but want to support the cause, you can sponsor the walk by clicking here:  Sponsor My Walk

Participants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that are interested in walking together will meet at Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA at 11:00AM on November 19th to complete their 5K walk.  We also encourage individuals to sign up as ambassadors to host local walks in cities around the world.

All proceeds from the walkathon will go towards Pebbles of Hope’s Adopt a Family Initiative in which we identify NICU families in need and provide them with baby supplies, one-on-one mentoring and connections to local service providers for additional support.

To register for the event, visit Registration Link , or contact fundraise@pebblesofhope.org for more information, to sponsor the event, or to serve as an ambassador to host a local walk in your city.

Pebbles of Hope will be exhibiting at the American Academy of Pediatrics Experience Conference in Washington, DC

Between October 24th and 26th, Pebbles of Hope will be hosting a booth at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) national conference, the AAP Experience: national conference and exhibition in Washington, DC.  At our booth, we will be showcasing the first module of our Thrive Guide – an interactive course for parents and caregivers of premature babies, as well as our new mobile app allowing parents to connect with experts for additional support.  We will also be raffling off a FREE pre-loaded tablet with our Thrive Guide each day of the three-day conference.

We are looking forward to being a part of this monumental experience and meeting the wonderful attendees, conference sponsors, education supporters and pediatric experts in attendance.  The conference will also feature more than 350 learning sessions, including practical hands-on education, networking, and the biggest pediatric technical exhibit of its kind.

As an organization dedicated to providing free resources to parents of preemies, to help give premature babies a fighting chance, we are also looking forward to networking with medical experts in related fields such as neonatology, pediatrics, NICU nursing and other pediatric specialties.

In order to help meet the needs of the parents we support, we are looking for expert medical volunteers to answer questions submitted by parents of preemies using our educational mobile app and would love to meet conference attendees who may have an interest in this area.

If you are a medical professional, supplier of infant care products or vendor of services relating to premature babies, consider including a visit to our booth as you plan your agenda for the conference.  We will be located at booth #639 in the exhibition hall.

Registration is now open for the Pebbles of Hope Virtual Walkathon in November to support prematurity awareness month!

Pebbles of Hope will be hosting its virtual walk-a-thon again this year. Starting on November 1st and ending on November 17th (World Prematurity Day), participants from around the world will walk anytime, anywhere during the event dates in support of prematurity awareness month. The 5K event will be powered by the Charity Footprints mobile app which allows walkers to set distance goals, solicit pledges from sponsors, and track their miles using the GPS technology on their mobile devices. And if you are a runner, you can run your three miles instead.

There is a registration fee of $15 to participate in the event, but all pledges and sponsorships will not be converted into donations until walkers complete their 3 mile goal. Anyone who pledges or receives sponsorships for their walk totaling $50 or more by October 16th, 2015 will receive a Pebbles of Hope walk-a-thon t-shirt that they can wear during their walk.

Participants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that are interested in walking together will meet at a local park at 10:00AM on November 15th to complete their 5K walk. We also encourage individuals to sign up as ambassadors to host local walks in cities around the world.

All proceeds from the walk-a-thon will go towards Pebbles of Hope’s parent education programs for parents of premature babies.

To register for the event, visit www.pebblesofhope.myevent.com, or contact fundraise@pebblesofhope.org for more information, to sponsor the event, or to serve as an ambassador to host a local walk in your city.

Pebbles of Hope Launches Annual Fund in Celebration of One Year Anniversary

On July 14, 2015, Pebbles of Hope will celebrate its first anniversary! Looking back on the past year, we’ve accomplished a lot. Since our founding in July 2014, we completed our first webinar series, launched the first module of our Thrive Guide – an interactive course for preemie parents – and launched the first ever mobile app to connect new preemie parents directly with experts for support.

As our anniversary approaches, we have launched the Pebbles of Hope Annual Fund to support our programs for the coming year and ongoing activities. Your support will go a long way towards helping us provide support and services to families with premature babies in low-income or underserved areas. All contributions are tax-deductible.

All proceeds from the Annual Fund will go towards:

  • Creating additional modules of our Thrive Guide on topics such as infection prevention and managing breathing difficulties.
  • Translating this important resource into other languages so that all parents everywhere can benefit from this knowledge.
  • Enhancing our mobile app with more features to enable parents to connect with mentors or request care packages.

To make a donation, please visit Pebbles of Hope’s donation page at www.pebblesofhope.org/donate.

For individuals located in the Washington, DC area and are interested in learning more about Pebbles of Hope or supporting us as a volunteer or donor, please consider attending our Anniversary Reception to be held at 7pm on July 16, 2015 in Washington, DC.  Contact info@pebblesofhope.org for more information about the event and to receive an invitation.

Join me and many others in giving the tiniest babies a fighting chance. Any amount helps. Click here to make your gift today.

Webinar Series

In honor of National Prematurity Awareness Month, Pebbles of Hope is launching its inaugural webinar series for parents and caregivers of premature babies with sessions taking place throughout the month of November. Connect with experts for advice and recommendations on how to provide the best care for your preemies. Our November series will focus on the important topic of nutrition, covering breastfeeding, nutritional requirements and food allergies. Read More