For anyone who’s ever been pregnant, you know what a joyous time it can be. But it can also be a time of worry, praying and hoping your baby is healthy. Unfortunately, fetal distress and syndromes affect 800,000 pregnancies per year in the US alone. This is four times the amount of cases per year as breast cancer. We lose more than 200 babies a day to fetal distresses and syndromes. Families faced with fetal syndromes often struggle, not knowing what to do or knowing little about their diagnosis. The Fetal Hope Foundation is here to help.
The Fetal Hope Foundation’s mission is to provide support, provide information, fund research, increase awareness and be an outlet for leading medical information pertaining to fetal distresses and syndromes. We are all about arming families and healthcare providers with information and helping to save babies’ lives. And now you can help, too!
What: Charlotte Race for Fetal Hope 5k
When: Saturday, September 19th
Location: Independence Park, Charlotte, NC
Cost: $25 pre-registered ($30 Race Day); free Kids Fun Run
On September 19th at Independence Park in Charlotte, CMC Women’s Institute Race for Fetal Hope 5k presented by Traci Zeller Designs kicks off at 8am and also offers a free Kids Fun Run sponsored by the Charlotte Mothers of Multiples. Unique to its series, the RFH 5k offers a stroller division, so even those with little ones can compete in a league of their own. Also, be sure to stick around for the Family Festival, complete with games, a bounce house, dunk tank and live entertainment. Enjoy goody bags full of unique swag and coupon offers, and treats and samples from local vendors and sponsors. The Race for Fetal Hope National Race Series benefits the Fetal Hope Foundation in supporting families affected by fetal distresses and syndromes, and also serves as a liaison between the medical community who provides their care. With over 800,000 pregnancies affected each year, Fetal Hope is proud to have directly supported over 300 families in the past few years. Help us continue to save babies’ lives by participating or making a donation. To learn more, visit www.fetalhope.org.
And that’s not all! Two Smarty establishments are teaming up to help out too:
*Nothing but Noodles
Nothing But Noodles on Elizabeth is the Race Day Food Sponsor and they want to thank you in advance for your participation. Get your pre-race meal at Nothing but Noodles on Friday September 18th. Mention that you will be running in the race on Saturday and we will donate 25% of your purchase to Fetal Hope.org. For more information on Nothing but Noodles, visit their site at www.nothingbutnoodles.com or call 704-295-1466.
*Free Appetizer at Carrabba’s with $25 donation
Make a donation on Race Day or online (mention Carrabba’s) and receive a free appetizer card compliments of Carrabba’s on South Boulevard.
And last but not least – we want to help some of our Smarty readers get to the race! If you or someone you know has personally been impacted by this incredible organization, let us know! Post a comment with your story or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will pick 5 readers at random that provide a story and email address to receive a complimentary race registration for the Race for Fetal Hope 5K. For the rest of us – come on out to Independence Park on September 19 and help support this great cause and don’t forget to sport your Smarty Pink to show how much Smarty Pants Cares. We’ll be there cheering everyone on from the CSP table – make sure you stop by!