Two of the most important values Synergis represents are community and volunteering. We are passionate about giving back and helping our community prosper. One way in which we best represent those values is through our support for the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes has personally touched my life, and I am asking that you touch the lives of others by getting involved this year. Let me share with you why I believe you should and how you can help.
Nearly 18 years ago, we were getting ready to launch Synergis. My wife, Cindy, was pregnant, and we knew that if we didn’t take a vacation before the launch (of both the business and our second child!), it was going to be a long time before we could have the opportunity again. So, after we received permission from our obstetrician, we flew to London to visit family over Thanksgiving.
A few days later my wife began experiencing pain, and we decided to head straight to the Emergency Room. Over the next two days, we were faced with a life or death situation: our son was delivered at 24 weeks, weighing 1 lb. 9 oz. and was given less than a 50% chance of survival. Even if he did survive, he had a 75% chance of having long term disabilities such as cerebral palsy.
Despite the odds, Jon did survive (Miracle #1) and, in fact, has thrived! (Miracle #2). At 17, he’s a junior in High School excelling in both academics and tennis. He has his driver’s license and is now looking at colleges. How many miracles is that, anyway?!
Before this became personal I never really understood the work of the March of Dimes. I always thought of them as battling Polio, but in reality their goals shifted once they helped develop the Polio vaccine. For the past couple of decades, the March of Dimes has focused on research and development to help prevent premature births and to improve outcomes such as survival and quality of life if premature births do occur.
I hope that this never happens to you, anyone in your family or anyone you know. Chances are, though, that in your lifetime you will probably know of at least one person facing this challenge. Your involvement, whether in time or money, might be the difference that saves that one life. I can’t think of a more important thing to do right now. Can you?
Please join the Synergis team as we march together to help raise funds and awareness for the March of Dimes. Information on how you can join our team can be viewed here.