“Project: Cameron’s Story” Announces 3rd Annual Bookraising Event to Help Parents Bond with Premature Infants in Local Neonatal Intensive Care Units through Literature and Storytelling

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-Local organization kicks-off annual program to collect book donations for local families with premature infants in NICUs with help from local bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, Dog Ate My Homework, Open Door Bookstore, Fairview Books and participating Applebees Restaurants.-

Glens Falls, NY: Project: Cameron’s Story (http://www.ProjectCameronsStory.com), a Glens Falls-based organization serving the needs of families with premature infants who are currently being cared for in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) across the region, announced today the launch of their 3rd annual bookraising event to take place on February 16th through February 20th at participating bookstores and Applebees’ restaurants. The goal of the event is to collect new book donations and raise funds for the purchase of books to be distributed to families in regional NICUs to promote bonding with premature infants through the use of literature. Since 2009, the project has delivered over 3,600 books to Albany Medical Center, St. Peters Hospital and Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

After the birth of their son, Cameron Jace who was born 16-weeks premature and weighing only 530 grams, Jason and Sara Quartiers struggled with how to bond with their new baby who was connected to a ventilator preventing them from holding him. They soon discovered a special bond through books and now try to give this special gift to other parents in need.

“For the first couple days, I simply sat in silence in front of Cameron’s isolette for hours.” Says Sara “Finally, I realized I needed to find some meaningful ways to bond with my baby and decided to try reading to him. I chose books that had long story lines with many words so that he could hear my voice and we could form a connection”.

After 213 days in the NICU and a series of high risk procedures including heart surgery and a tracheotomy, Cameron did finally come home but lost his battle a short time later. The Quartiers, then determined to help other parents, founded Project: Cameron’s Story in his honor.

The organization is asking those who want to help to go to a participating bookstore between February 16th and February 20th and to purchase a brand new children’s book to place in one of the many onsite drop boxes. Simply tell the cashier that you are purchasing the book for Project: Cameron's Story and also be sure to ask for a label to personalize your book.

Additionally, you can help raise funds for the purchase of new books by printing an Applebees Restaurant voucher from the organization’s website at http://www.ProjectCameronsStory.com and bring it with you to dine at a participating Applebees restaurant on Monday, February 20th, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Applebees will donate 10% of your bill to the cause.

Details about the program can be found at http://www.ProjectCameronsStory.com and participating stores and restaurants include:

  •     Barnes & Noble (DeWitt-Kingston-Colonie-Schenectady-Saratoga)
  •     Dog Ate My Homework (Glens Falls)        
  •     Open Door Bookstore (Schenectady)
  •     Fairview Books (Hudson)
  •     Applebees Restaurants (DeWitt-Hudson-Glenmont-Latham-Saratoga-Queensbury)

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