4th Annual Bookraising Event Promotes Parent Bonding Through Storytelling; Benefits Premature Infants in Local Neonatal Intensive Care Units

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Local organization, “Project: Camerons’ Story,” kicks-off annual program to collect brand new children’s book donations for families with premature infants in NICUs with help from local bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, Scholastic Book Event at the Adirondack Sports Complex (The Dome), Open Door Bookstore, Fairview Books and participating Applebee’s Restaurants.

"...No matter where I was in a crowded room, if Cameron could hear my voice, he would turn his head and look all over just to find me. And right to the very end, I read and talked and told stories to Cam…those are some of the finest moments of my life.”

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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 4th annual bookraising event to take place beginning February 16th through February 20th at participating bookstores and Applebees’ restaurants. The goal of the event is to collect brand new children’s books and raise funds for the purchase of brand new 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 almost 7,000 books to Albany Medical Center, St. Peters Hospital and Crouse Hospital.

After the birth of their son, Cameron Jace, who was born 16-weeks premature and weighed only 530 grams, Jason and Sara Quartiers struggled with a way to bond with their newborn baby who was connected to a ventilator preventing them from holding him. After discovering a very special bond that they were able to create through the use of books, the Quartiers decided to make a commitment to help other parents with infants in need to discover this special gift. The result was Project: Cameron’s Story. 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 purchase a brand new book to place in one of the many onsite drop boxes. Simply tell the cashier the book purchased is for Project: Cameron's Story and also be sure to ask for a label to personalize the book.

Additionally, to help raise funds for the purchase of new books print an Applebee’s Restaurant voucher from the organization’s website at http://www.ProjectCameronsStory.com and bring it to dine at a participating Applebee’s restaurant on Monday, February 18th, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Applebee’s will then donate 10% of the 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-Liverpool (Clay) - Kingston-Colonie-Schenectady-Saratoga)
  • Scholastic Book Event at Adirondack Sports Complex (The Dome in Queensbury)
  • Open Door Bookstore (Schenectady)
  • Fairview Books (Hudson)
  • Applebee’s Restaurants (DeWitt-Hudson-Glenmont-Latham-Saratoga-Queensbury)

About Project Cameron's Story
The goal of Project Cameron's Story is to support the bonding of parents with their premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), through the use of children's literature and storytelling. We strive to empower parents to form unique and profound connections with their babies within an environment that is often uncertain and intimidating. Our mission is to place a brand new, quality, children's book in the hands of every parent of a premature baby upon admission to the NICU's at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital and Crouse Medical Center. We, at Project Cameron's Story, are committed to providing information regarding the benefits of this type of bonding and continue to seek ways to encourage parents to utilize this as one important way to interact with their new little one.

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