As a leader in the direct marketing industry, Quadriga Art, with leader Mark Schulhof, CEO, has a shared passion and commitment for helping those in need worldwide. Reaching out to communities in which they live and work, volunteering time and efforts and investing in programs that improve the lives of individuals has become a core mission for Mr Schulhof and his team.
Participating in the Company-wide March of Dimes March for Babies Walk connects employees in many ways: to the mission as a Company, to each of us who was provided the blessing of life and to our own employee, Lauren Veri, who has shared her story with us below.
What makes a difference in a child's life to you? Is it having attentive parents, a great teacher or mentor, a loving and encouraging home environment or is it something different? Whatever it is, what happens before answering this question is the blessing of having a baby born as close to term and, most importantly, healthy.
Unfortunately, not every baby starts with a healthy life. But, by supporting a cause, Quadriga Staff will help make the difference by getting involved in the Company-wide March of Dimes March for Babies Walk.
Location information is as follows: April 20 Lynchburg, VA April 28 Baltimore, MD April 28 Manhattan April 28 Voorhees, NJ May 4 Akron, OH May 4 Louisville, KY May 4 W. Burlington, IA May 19 Manchester, NH
A Quadriga Employees' Story:
Our baby girl entered the world 4 weeks early due to complications of preeclampsia and toxemia. Though she was a preemie, due to my gestational diabetes she was 7 pounds 15 oz. On the outside she looked perfectly healthy, but it was clear a few minutes after she was born that she was having trouble breathing. She was quickly taken to the NICU without my husband or I getting a chance to really see or hold her. As it turns out, she had RDS, Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Basically, her lungs were so premature that she wasn't able to maintain healthy levels of oxygen for her little body, and every breath was a struggle.
After two days at the hospital she was born at, Audriana was transferred down to Rainbow Babies and Children's hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, to a higher level NICU. At this point she was put on a ventilator and also was given a feeding tube. My husband and I had not even held our little girl, and we didn't get the chance until she was five days old. It was such a difficult time, but the NICU staff played such a role in making our time there more bearable The organization, March of Dimes, worked hand in hand with the staff at Rainbows to provide us with information, patient advocacy, and all around support for our family while we were there. There was even materials and a bag for my step daughter who is ten. This helped her understand what was happening with her baby sister, and gave her some comfort in a situation that no ten year old truly knows how to handle. The organization also helped to support lunches for the NICU parents, information sessions such as infant massage, and even scrapbook sessions for the moms to make memory books for our little ones.
I am happy to say that she is now a happy and energetic 5 month old who is doing great! Her lung issues have resolved and though she is still tiny for her age, she is growing right on target and hitting all of her milestones! Our stay at the NICU was for 15 days total. Though it was a difficult time for our family, March of Dimes truly played a vital role in getting us the information that we needed to understand what was going on around us and helped make our stay at the hospital a better one. We are so grateful for them and thank everyone for any support they can give such a wonderful organization!
Account Manager, International Data Management