“An unsung hero is a role model whose generous acts of compassion, strength, selflessness, perseverance and, quite possibly, sacrifice make a profound and positive difference on the course of history.”Lowell Milken Center
After the overwhelming response from readers that never knew he was a preemie and his dedication to this event, many became supporters of this very important fundraising event by purchasing tickets and becoming sponsors. You can visit our websitewww.astoryoffaith.comto obtain more details.
Today A Story of Faith and 27 Miracles want to bring you another story on one unsung hero. It is the daughter of Master Bridal Consultant Rosie Moore . After the initial shock that a teenager receives that mom is having a baby, that was the start of a whirlwind change in her young teen age life. Kayla was 14 yrs old when Kaleb was born at 27 weeks weighing only 1lb and 10 oz. A micropreemie born 13 weeks early. Life still had to go on for Kayla despite the fact that her baby brother was clinging to life in the NICU. Many days and nights of schedule changes, homework at the hospital, dinners out on the road and no family fun activities on the weekends due to trips to the hospital. But she quietly helped to be supportive, although never knowing what was really going on.
Life care coaches at the hospital brought Kayla in to see the baby for the very first time in November when he was a little more stable in the step down NICU. It was very shocking for a teen to see such a tiny baby all attached to wires and machines supporting his life. She was given the chance to hold him, but it was much to scary for her.
The weeks and months passed by and Kaleb was finally able to come home. Coming home, that is where more challenges came about. In March 2010, Kaleb came home to be on 18 different medication dosages, oxygen 24/7, apnea monitors at night, 2 types of breathing treatments every four hours, tube feedings every 3 hours, occupational, speech and physical therapists coming to the house daily, 2-3 drs appts every week. Wow life was definitely not normal here . Kayla started to see the care that was involved in taking care of Kaleb. Little by little she learned about his care and treatment.
In June 2010, Rosie, Marcus, Kayla and Baby Kaleb, planned a trip to visit Marcus’ family in NJ. Oh boy with all that Kaleb had going on, that sounds crazy. All the necessary permissions were obtained to carry equipment on the flight. Kaleb was weaned off the oxygen little by little so that he can sustain a 2 hour flight until he would be on the ground again to receive the oxygen. It was an interesting sight at the checkout counter with 8 carry on bags, 6 checked bags, stroller and car seat. For three people and a baby wow, but Kayla helped all the way through with taking care of him. She learned how to do his breathing treatments and how to do his tube feedings and administer his medications.
Today she is 19 years old and a college student at PBA studying Communications. She is today’s unsung hero as she turned 19 years old yesterday and we remember her today for stepping up to the plate and helping a difficult situation be an easier situation. Kayla helped to take care of Kaleb whenever her parents had to do a wedding or event or just needed some down time to rest or relax.
You too can be involved in the Gift of Life and Help with your donations, supporting the event with your attendance or becoming a sponsor. Contact 27 Miracles for more information on sponsoring 407-905-5454 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn is an award-winning caricature artist/ illustrator residing in Orlando, FL. He has been nominated a Master caricaturist by the International Society of Caricature Artists (after winning the Golden Nosey Award in 2009). His artwork can be seen all over the world.
You might ask yourself, why would a famous artist want to help with an event like the Gift of Life….Here are Glenn’s very own words when he was interviewed….
“The year is 1973, in April, and I’m removed by C-section from my mother’s womb. My heartbeat is irregular, and my lungs aren’t fully developed, but I’m able to breathe ok. I’m whisked away immediately and placed inside a plastic rectangle. This rectangle becomes my home for the next 6 months.
I never saw my mother. She didn’t get to see me. They didn’t allow her to visit me. They didn’t allow her to name me for 6 months.
I was born with a total weight of 1 pound, 6 ounces. From head to toe I fit inside the palm of an average person’s hand. Doctors feared the worst and were expecting me not to live very long. But they made a home for me in an incubator and cared for me until I was ready to go home in October.
When I was allowed to finally meet my mother, and hear her voice, as you can imagine, I knew I was home. I was monitored constantly, and visited so many doctors for the first year of my life, but I beat all the odds and survived.
Now, in 2014, I’m 41 years old. I’m very healthy, athletic, and thriving beautifully with my fiance’ JoAnn. I grew up small, and I’m a little on the short side at 5′ 7″, but other than that, perfectly fine, normal, and happy. I’m grateful to all the doctors and nurses that helped me survive those first few months, and I have great sympathy and encouragement for anyone who has a premature child. ”
“I am happy to help with this event, the Gift of Life, that will benefit the Walt Disney Pavillion Florida Hospital for Children/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Making of the movie A Story of Faith; because I experienced the same care that all of these unsung heros do every day. It’s because of the amazing and heartfelt care and expertise that were so instrumental in my survival and enduring health those first delicate months of my life that I am here. ” www.glennfergusonarts.com
It is because of the care of doctors and nurses that work in the NICU and have up to date equipment that babies like Glenn and other babies today can survive. Sometimes medical science is ready to give up, but the babies fight for their lives and some are pretty determined. In 1971 it was unheard of for a preemie to survive. Thank God for Glenn’s doctors and nurses ! Can you imagine in this day and age not being able to see your baby for 6 months? It is hard enough seeing them daily and not being able to bring the baby home.
This is why The Gift of Life is going to do just that, help raise funds for the Florida Hospital Walt Disney Children’s Pavillion, the NICU department and the Making of the Movie A Story of Faith. Through this movie of love, encouragement and hope, it will show parents and caregivers that they are not alone and that there is hope out there.
Are you a fan of the movie, Dirty Dancing, featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey? Well, the terrific tune of the day is a popular song from the movie; “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” was originally sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
This song describes the feeling of being in love and having a good time. Due to the joyful feeling this song brings, it is a great last dance song choice. Guests can be invited to the dance floor to enjoy this last lively song as well.
Here is the Dirty Dancing scene featuring “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”
Here is one of 27 Miracles couples using this song as the their final dance for the wedding
For a more upbeat, modern atmosphere, here is another version of the song. It is called “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by the Black Eyed Peas.
Regardless of which version you choose, either the original song popularized by Dirty Dancing or the modern version, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” will definitely have your guests dancing.
Welcome to our blog! 27 Miracles Wedding Consulting is a full service wedding consulting and coordinating company! We have a variety of services that we can do to help you. Our company loves to have fun helping you plan your special day. At 27 Miracles Wedding Consulting we believe that “your wedding day should be everything you dreamed of.” Visit us on our website: www.27miraclesbyrosie.com where you will read about Central Florida’s Only Bilingual Master Bridal Consultant Rosie Moore and her excellent team of Certified Wedding Planners.
27 Miracles Wedding Consulting enjoys giving back to the community and making a difference in the lives of others. Recently, 27 Miracles’ wedding and event planner, Christine Pabelico, took action and gave a donation to a non-profit organization called Locks of Love. What was the donation exactly? Hair.
With about two feet of hair, Christine Pabelico was ready to part with some of it. However, she knew that children who participate in Locks of Love would benefit from her haircut. Instead of cut hair ending up on the floor to be thrown away, eight inches of hair was cut and sent to the Locks of Love headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida.
What a great way to give back to the community! For more information about Locks of Love, visit their website.
Here are more ways 27 Miracles stays involved with the community.
27 Miracles is honored to know and have served many military clients at their weddings. Today is not the only day that we say thank you, but every day. But in honor of Memorial Day, today we will take time to honor those men and women that gave up their family life so that we can be safe.
We salute you soldiers and thank you for your sacrifice.
When Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant for 27 Miracles met Nayya in July of 2012, she got a chance to hear Nayya’s story of Love between her and Jose. Jose is an active duty soldier in Afghanistan. She and Jose wanted to plan their wedding for September 2013 because that is when she thought that he would get leave from the service. Rosie and Nayya started the planning of the wedding. In early November 2012, Nayya got the word that Jose would be coming home soon, and they can push the wedding up to May 2013 on Memorial Day Weeekend.
Nayya and Jose were ecstatic to be able to plan their wedding on a military resort….Shades of Green…
What excitement Nayya had to hear that her true love, would be home soon. He told her that it may not be until January or February, but he would be home. Nayya continued her wedding planning with Rosie and leading her every day life. On Christmas Eve there was a knock at the door, she opened the door and to her surprise there was Jose standing in the doorway with arms open wide and saying, “I am home!” What a Christmas blessing! Of course he still had some monthly trainings to attend but he was home from Afghanistan, he had served his time.
On Saturday May 25, 2013 we celebrated with Nayya and Jose a special ceremony of Love at Shades of Green (a resort for military families). DeMarco Films captured their story through pictures of the wedding.
Look at the American Flag colors behind the wedding dress in the distance.
And so starts the preparation of the ceremony site…..
The decor of the ceremony site was so romantic in red roses by RJ Glamour. The bride’s bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets were made by a friend of the bride’s as a special gift to the bride.
A moment with the bridesmaids…
The Bride was stunning on this day, with a glow as she anxiously awaited this day to come….
One of our favorite pictures of the bride, deep in thought
Now Jose has not seen his bride to be since the day before. So as he gets ready he thinks about his beautiful bride…and looking good for her…
The groom is having a great time as he awaits the moment that his beautiful bride will walk down the aisle to meet him. But he and his best man are enjoying some last-minute stories ….judging from their looks….pretty funny ones…
The Groom with his mom as his son looks on with a proud face for dad!
It’s time for the ceremony to begin…..Christine MacPhail, The Harpist, serenaded the guests on this hot breezy Saturday afternoon with tunes like, “Endless Love ” as the mother of the groom entered, ” I knew I Loved You” as the groom and his groomsmen entered and ” My Heart Will Go” On as the bride walked down the aisle escorted by her son. The romance of the music with knowing this couple’s love story, made for an emotional ceremony.
Here comes the groom and his groomsmen with the officiant….
We even had Julia Roberts attend the ceremony( no Just kidding, but could be her twin!)
Here comes Nayya, the bride escorted by her son……
The groom and the best man taken with emotion as they see Nayya walking down the aisle…
Marcus Moore performed the ceremony of Love flawlessly…..
The tender look of love as she admires her groom…
The Vows and the rings…
The blessing of the hands…….
Marcus Moore, pronounced them husband and wife…..
What joy after being pronounced husband and wife, they could not believe it…..
You may kiss your beautiful bride…..
After the ceremony the couple spent some time in the gardens of Shades of Green taking pictures and greeting their guests.
Bride and Groom alone time for pictures…
But before the end of the day…some fun times…
A beautiful end to a beautiful wedding….
Nayya and Jose decided to celebrate a private dinner at Bongos with their closest family in downtown Disney.
VIP Limo, came to pick up the bride and groom for their private family dinner at Bongos Cafe!
The happy couple ready to celebrate!
We wish Nayya and Jose a Happy One year Anniversary. But Most of all we salute you Jose for serving our country ! 27 Miracles was honored to coordinate and plan your special wedding on Memorial Day Weekend.
Let us take a moment today and every day to honor our soldiers, those currently serving, those that have passed and those that are retired.
Write us on our page why you should be the winner of attending this Black Tie Affair. Share your story with friends and family so they can vote for your story. The person with the most likes for their story on our page, will win the ticket, get their picture with our celebrity artist and win an autographed book A Story of Faith. Contest will go on until June 28 2014
An opportunity to help save lives and be of support to those parents enduring prematurity and the tireless staff that take care of these babies and make a difference!
You may say, I am single, or my baby is healthy or I am a wedding professional, or I am a guy, or I am a business person, none of this should interest me, why should I go?
But on the contrary, these are the future leaders of America.
Did you know that there are famous people that were born premature and made an impact in the world?
Most recently Time Magazine published an article on David Joyce, US House Representative for Ohio, Republican District 14
Read Time Magazine article and see the amazing story.
Here are some other famous premature babies:
See this article from Little Treasure’s Foundation
“Prematurity has always been part of the human experience and some babies who were born early have always been able to survive. We can find traces of illustrious prems in historical biographies – some whose prematurity is certain, thanks to precise records, and others for whom it can only be inferred because an infant was very small, or had some typical complication of prematurity. The following list includes only some of the most famous names imaginable:
German astronomer and mathematician. Born 1571. Lived 59 years. Estimated I.Q. 160. He had a bad start in life as he was a seven month baby and seven month babies were proverbially thought to be weak in body and mind. As he grew, however, his body became strong and his superior intellect evolved. He became the Principal Mathematician to the Emperor and a founder of modern astronomy and physics. He elucidated the Copernican concept of the Universe.
Sir Isaac Newton:
British mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. Born 1642. Lived 85 years. Estimated I.Q. 170. On Christmas Day in the house of Woolthrope, a three-pound baby, newly born, rested on a pillow near his mother. He was alive but fighting for breath. Frightened old midwives went for the doctor remarking, “The baby’s as good as dead. It’s a miracle if he lives until we get back. Such a tiny mite, he is.” Later Isaac would remember fondly his mother’s remark, “You were so tiny that you might have been put into a quart mug!” This tiny mite came to be known as one of the greatest scientific geniuses of all time.
Sir Winston Churchill:
British statesman. Born 1874. Lived 91 years. He was not expected to be born until sometime in January of the following year. He upset a ball by his early birth on November 30. He had good lungs, for the Duchess of Marlborough shook her head and observed, “I have myself given life of quite a number of infants-such an earth-shaking noise as this newborn baby made, I have never heard.”
Ballerina. Born 1885. Lived 46 years. As a premature infant she “. . . was so weak and puny that her parents had her baptized three days after birth. She spent most of her time in the next few months . . . wrapped in cotton wool.” She ultimately became and was proclaimed the worlds’s most famous ballerina.
Stevie Wonder (Stevland Morris ):
Singer, songwriter, producer. Born 1950. It is thought that he received excessive oxygen levels in his incubator which led to retinopathy of prematurity, a destructive ocular disorder affecting the retina, characterized by abnormal growth of blood vessels, scarring, and sometimes retinal detachment. Common among other prematurely born children in the 1940s and 50s, this is considered to be the ultimate cause of his blindness.
He has recorded more than 30 Top 10 hits, won 21 Grammy Awards (a record for a solo artist), also one for lifetime achievement, he has won an Oscar for Best Song and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. Opera star Luciano Pavarotti once referred to him in a concert as a “great, great musical genius”.
Physicist (Nobel Prize Winner 1921). Born in. Ulm, Germany, Mar. 14, 1870. Died Princeton, N.J., Apr. 18, 1955. He contributed more than any other scientist to the 20th-century vision of physical reality. At his birth, Albert’s mother was reputedly frightened that her infant’s head was so large and oddly shaped. His parents also worried about his intellectual development as a child due to his initial language delay and his lack of fluency until the age of nine, though he was one of the top students in his elementary school.
British Naturalist: Born Feb 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. Died April 1882. He achieved lasting fame by convincing the scientific community that species develop over time from a common origin. He developed his interest in natural history while studying first medicine, then theology, at university. During Darwin’s lifetime many species and geographical features were given his name.
Infact, when the Beagle was surveying Australia in 1839, one of Darwin’s friend sighted a natural harbour which the ship’s captain named Port Darwin. The settlement of Palmerston founded there in 1869 was officially renamed Darwin in 1911. It became the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory, which also boasts Charles Darwin University and Charles Darwin National Park.
EnglishPoet. Born 31 Oct 1795. Died 23 Feb 1821. He was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. He often felt himself working in the shadow of past poets, particularly Milton, Spenser and Shakespeare. Only towards the end of his life did he produce his most original and most memorable poems, including a series of odes that remain among the most popular poems in English.
Writer. Born Nov 1835. Died April 1910. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, entered the world 2 months early, weighing only 5 pounds. It was 1835, a time when preemies could not be expected to live. In fact, his mother wrote, “A lady came in one day and said you don’t expect to raise that babe do you. I said I would try. But he was a poor looking object to raise.” Despite his premature birth, Mark Twain would live to become one of the most famous personalities in American literature.
French Poet and Novelist. Born Feb 1802. Died May 1885. Although there is no positive proof that Victor Hugo was born prematurely, it is likely judging from several descriptions of his birth and infancy. His mother described him as “no longer than a knife.” in fact, it is said that Victor’s coffin was ordered from the carpenter at the same time as his cradle. He later told Alexandre Dumas that even at 15 months he could not hold his head erect. Like many preemies, Hugo was determined to live and make his mark on society. he went on to become one of the greatest writers of all time as well as a major figure in French politics. His best-known works are the novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
French writer and philosopher. Born 1712. Died July 1778. Rousseau was born almost dead and infact his mother died nine days after giving birth due to complications from childbirth.
He saw a fundamental divide between society and human nature. Rousseau contended that man was good-by nature, when in the state of nature (the state of all other animals, and the condition humankind was in before the creation of civilization and society), but is corrupted by society. His political ideas greatly influenced the French Revolution, development of socialist theory and growth of nationalism.
Award winning actor, film director and activist. Born Feb 1927. He was born on the high seas. As he was premature when he was born, he was not originally expected to survive the boat ride. His early career started out in Broadway and broke into Hollywood in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle. He was the first male black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award and first to have won an academy award for Best Actor. He has directed several film with the most successful being “Stir Crazy”.
These are just a few names. Other famous premature babies include Napolean Bonaparte (French Emperor), Voltaire (French writer and philosopher), Renoir (Impressionist painter), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German poet, dramatist and novelist), Thomas Hobbes (English philosopher), Michael J Fox (American actor), Mark and Carol Thatcher (twins of UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher).
Major sources of information:
Premature Babies UK, Neonatology on the Web, Wikepedia, The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies – Linden, Paroli and Doron”
So now that we gave you the history of prematurity and how these people impacted our society, you can see the importance of being involved in the Gift of Life to help the NICU.
Today’s Sponsor spotlight is on The Rosen Centre. The Rosen Centre is the host of The Gift of Life event. At Rosen Hotels & Resorts, they believe the more you give, the more you get back in return. When you plan your next meeting with them, up to 10% of your rooms revenue may be eligible to go back to your Master Account or to the charity of your choice. Not only will you sleep well in their luxuriously comfortable beds, but you will also take comfort in knowing they are doing all they can to make the world a better place to live.
When we asked Rosen’s Centre’s Director of Social Catering, Crystal Grice, why Rosen Centre would get involved in this fundraiser, she stated” “Rosen Hotels and Resorts and the Rosen Centre are committed to health and happy families. It is our pleasure to be the host hotel for the Gift of Life event. 27 Miracles is providing another opportunity to invest in the future of Central Florida’s health care community. We encourage any and all to join in!!” www.RosenCentre.com
27 Miracles is very proud to be working with the Rosen Centre and their team on the Gift of Life Event that will benefit Florida Hospital, The Walt Disney Children’s Pavillion and the Making of the movie A Story of Faith.
For more information on this event visit us on our website:
27 Miracles wants to take a moment every day for the next week or so and spotlight a different person that has chosen to give of themselves to The Gift Of Life. If you have not purchased your tickets yet, you can purchase them here
Visit our website often as everyday it is being updated with our sponsors and celebrities joining the cause to The Gift of Life. It is an event that you do not want to miss.
I would like to introduce “Enrico Hampton” known to many as “Rico-Michael Jackson” world’s most exciting Michael Jackson Tribute artist.” His life as an entertainer has been event filled, performing for various community events, schools, churches, and charities. Rico’s breath taking performances have led him on a journey around the country from LA to New York. His musical magnetism has drawn recognition and praise from the city of Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley, who honored the multi-talented with a proclamation proclaiming December 5th Enrico Hampton Day in the City of Chicago.
As the Chicago tribune and other news stations and television shows have stated…..
“Rico’s performance is irresistibly intoxicating and should not be missed if the opportunity occurs.”
Watch a video of one of the thousands of performances that Rico has done….
27 Miracles is honored to have Rico Perform for you at the Gift of Life Fundraiser on September 13 2014 at the beautiful Rosen Centre Hotel.