A Wonderful Way to End the Year

2013 has been a year full of milestones for Embrace!  Back in February we celebrated the first birthday of Baby Long, the first child to use an Embrace warmer in China.

Abandoned at birth and severely hypothermic, Long survived thanks to thirty days in the Embrace warmer and the loving care of our partner Little Flower Orphanage.

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Shortly after we celebrated Long’s first birthday, we received a heart-stopping email from an incredible woman named Charlene Dow: “I loved your post in February, celebrating Long’s first birthday. We have a pre-approval to adopt him and hope to travel to Bejing this summer to bring him home. We are so grateful for your organization and the role you played in saving Long’s life.”

We’ve stayed in touch with the Dow family since that time, and were thrilled when Baby Long was officially adopted in August.

unnamed-2I recently had the opportunity to visit the family at their home in Chicago. Long, who now goes by the name of Nathan, is absolutely thriving in his new environment.  His big brother and big sister dote upon him. His parents are simply extraordinary people, and have devoted themselves to his care. It was an honor and a joy to spend time with this beautiful family.

The Dow family recently shared these holiday photos with us and I can think of no better way to end this year.

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Nathan has overcome so many challenges in his young life, and still has to undergo continuous medical treatment and physical therapy. But he has also been blessed with the love of his miraculous family, by the support of so many who care about him- and most of all, by his own remarkable resilience and strength.

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Thank you for helping Embrace to reach low birth weight and premature infants like Nathan. We look forward to many more miracles and milestones in the year to come.

– Erin O’Donohue, Executive Director, Embrace

Thank you for believing in our work

Dear Friends,

What an amazing year this has been for Embrace!

We’ve now launched 22 Embrace programs, in 11 countries, on 3 continents. These programs allow us to directly distribute our groundbreaking infant warmer device to low birth weight and premature infants suffering from hypothermia.

Yet as Steve Jobs said, “technology alone is not enough.” We realize that we need to do more than simply provide the device in order to truly make an impact. So we integrate the warmer into our innovative health education programs. This ensures that more children suffering from hypothermia get access to Embrace when they need it. It also allows us to make a deeper and more lasting impact on the communities we serve.

Embrace has been experiencing incredible growth during the past year. Over 39,000 low birth weight and premature infants have now been inside of an Embrace warmer worldwide!

Nissima’s family is just one of over 39,000 families who have been helped by Embrace-and I’m sure that each of their stories is just as heartbreaking and compelling as Nissima’s.

We’re very proud of what we’ve done so far, and we couldn’t have done it without your support. Yet we are mindful of the magnitude of how much more there is for us to do. Millions more children suffer from hypothermia each year.

We have ambitious plans to rapidly scale our programs to reach far more of the children and families most in need of Embrace. But we can’t do this without your help.

Your support of Embrace allowed us to bring the infant warmer from concept to reality. We need your help now more than ever, as we tackle the even bigger challenge of getting Embrace into the hands of those who need it the most.

Please visit embraceglobal.org/holiday2013 to learn more about our work and watch a special video on Nissima’s Story. Please show your support today by making a tax-deductible donation to bring Embrace to more infants in need of this life-saving solution.

With Sincere Thanks,

Erin O’Donohue
Executive Director