Why Am I Here?
Hi! My name is Cathy Kaman Ryan and I live in Rochester, NY. 25 years ago, I gave birth to a 26-1/2 week old preemie baby girl named Kelly. She lived 5 days. At that time, our local hospital had a terrific NICU but no preemie clothes, blankets or burial outfits. My daughter was wrapped in a giant receiving blanket and died in my arms. She was buried in that blanket.
Twenty two years later, having been a long-time crocheter, I found my children, friends and relatives had reached saturation point on crocheted projects. One night, in the Summer of 2005, I was searching Internet sites looking for charity organizations in need of blankets. I stumbled upon Laura and her Preemie Project in its infancy. It struck a chord. Since then I have loved being a contributing member and I have made blankets and gotten my knitting and crocheting friends engaged. Making a difference and touching the life of someone facing the challenges of a premature baby has changed me. I am in awe of Laura and her Mom and the hard work of so many involved with TPP. As a full time lawyer, I am limited in my time but not in my heart and spirit that are invested in this wonderful organization. I bless each and every one of you.