It’s giveaway time again, but this month we have a twist. Your creative mind could win this month’s fabulous giveaway! Julie Howard, founder of It’s a Preemie Thing, is offering you the chance to win your own customized shirt/onesie for your preemie. First, some background, then we’ll get to the giveaway details!
It’s a Preemie Thing launched on Labor Day, 2010 when Julie’s son, Spencer, was only 9 months old, and she was serving as a full-time Army Officer. A fellow preemie mom asked Julie to help her come up with a funny saying to put on the onesie her daughter would wear home after a long NICU stay. The precious baby would be leaving the hospital with a feeding tube, oxygen and several monitors. Julie’s suggestion, “O2…it’s not just for old people,” helped her friend embrace the needed equipment and celebrate their family’s major accomplishment – NICU graduation! Her business resulted from this a-ha moment when she realized it filled “the need for some humor in our lives.”
Julie’s son was born at 29 weeks, 11 weeks early. At 10 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare brain malformation, Rhombencephalosynapsis (RS), and she resigned her commission to stay at home full time. And yes, you may see Spencer, as well as the entire University of Washington RS research team sporting shirts that say “Can you Rhombencephalosynapsis?” on the front and “Didn’t think so” on the back!
Here’s How You Can Win!
- Have a cute slogan you would like It’s a Preemie Thing to make? In the comments section below, leave us your best slogan for a preemie shirt. We’ll choose the top three and put them up for a vote.
- We’ll announce the top three shirt slogans on Monday, July 16.
- Reader voting will take place July 16-30.
- The final winner will be announced Wednesday, August 1.
Even more exciting? The winning slogan will become one of It’s a Preemie Thing’s current collection and 15% of the sales will be donated to Hand to Hold, so we can help even more parents. I’d say that’s win-win. Go ahead, get to commenting!