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Monday, June 18, 2007

Calling All Swimmers!

The 2nd Annual Swim for Melissa is just around the corner! It's hard to believe, but August 10-11 will be here before you know it.

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's the signature event for the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund. The Miracle Bash is an adult party at the Ledges. This year it's Friday, August 10th. We're going with a Mexican theme, with a South of the Border buffet. 80's band "Black Eyed Susan" is playing and we'll have a FABULOUS silent auction items. I don't want to disclose any of the items yet, but trust me, they are good!

Then Saturday, August 11th is Swim for Melissa at the Hampton Cove Pool. Does your child love to swim? If so, we need them!! We are looking for kids ages 5-14 to form a team of eight of their friends to swim. It is not a competition! Kids can swim one lap or twenty. We just ask that they raise money for Melissa's Fund and show up to swim.

And this year we are making it incredibly easy to do that! is still under construction, but once it's up and running next month, swimmers will be able to go online and design their own page complete with a picture and an explanation of why they are swimming. Then, they can send the link to their family and friends who can donate online. So if Grandma lives in Ohio, it doesn't matter. She can still make a contribution!

All money raised from this year's event will go towards the purchase of a Giraffe OmniBed for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. We have already bought two of these through Melissa's Fund and would like to buy two more before the end of the year. These beds are state of the art, but they are also expensive! Try $35,000 plus! But when your premature baby is fighting for his or her life, you don't care how much the bed costs! You just want it to be there.
To learn more about Swim for Melissa, click here. You can also learn more about the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund.

I hope you can join us for Miracle Bash or Swim for Melissa (or both!) Help us make a big splash for tiny babies!

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