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I am looking for people who would like to join my team to run the 21.1km Sydney Morning Herald
Half Marathon on 17 May and help raise funds for the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation’s
‘Henry, Jasper & Evan Smith Trust Fund’ in memory of my baby triplet sons.

2006 was the happiest and the saddest of my life. My husband, Ash, and I became parents to beautiful triplet sons,
Henry, Jasper and Evan. Our sons were perfect but born so prematurely that despite battling bravely, each tragically
lost his fight for life. Tiny Henry lived for just one hour, Evan for ten days and Jasper for 58 days.

After the deaths of my three boys, I desperately wanted something to keep their memory alive. They had been with
us for such a short time yet they had changed our lives in an enormous way. Huge efforts had been made to save
their lives and they fought bravely to stay with us. So to honour their memory, the Royal Hospital for Women
Foundation set up a special Trust Fund. This Trust is dedicated to raising much needed funds for life-saving
equipment for the tiny, critically ill babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Centre.

In 2007 and 2008 I organised teams to run the SMH Half Marathon and raise money for the Trust Fund. As my
babies were cared for in humidicribs, which are vital to the survival of every premature baby, my goal was to raise
$25,000 for a new humidicrib in their memory. Amazingly our 2007 team of 98 runners together raised $80,000 and
our 2008 team of 120 runners raised $140,000! This is equivalent to nine new humidicribs.

This year, the Newborn Intensive Care Centre has asked the Foundation to raise money for neonatal monitors which
are vital to the specialised care of very sick and premature babies. These monitors continually check the blood
pressure, heartbeat, and oxygen levels of tiny babies in humidicribs who need mechanical ventilation to survive.
Each monitor costs $25,000 and the hospital needs to replace 12 old machines over the next 2 years. I am hoping
that our team this year with help the Foundation raise enough money to buy three new monitors, in memory of my
three boys, Henry, Jasper and Evan.

Over the past two years I was overwhelmed by the response I received when looking for runners. Many had a
personal reason for running. Some had children whose lives had been saved in the Royal’s Newborn Intensive Care
Centre. Some runners had begun their own lives in humidicribs as premature babies themselves. Some shared my
pain having lost their own children to prematurity or stillbirth. Many told me that my baby boys and their struggle
to live had inspired them to train and run the half marathon with me.

Please join me this year by running in memory of my brave little boys. Apart from helping to save the tiniest and
sickest babies in New South Wales, we have a lot of fun too. ‘Pramfit’ is offering regular weekend training sessions
to help get us motivated. I organise weekly social runs in Centennial Park, as well as social get-togethers in the lead
up to 17 May and of course a team after-party for survivors! You don’t have to be an elite athlete to join us, and
there is plenty of time to dust off your trainers and get in shape for 17 May.

I am honoured that this Trust Fund is a permanent memorial to my little boys, and am very proud that they continue
to touch so many lives. If you would like to know more about my precious babies Henry, Jasper & Evan, please
visit their memorial website: www.henry-jasper-evan.memory-of.com
To make a donation, please contact me or go to www.ourcommunity.com.au and search for ‘half marathon appeal’.
If you’d like to join my team, please contact me on 0410 620 149, or sophiesmithathome@gmail.com

Sophie Smith (Henry, Jasper & Evan’s mum)
                                      generously supported by
                         Beach Palace Hotel, Coogee and                          Pramfit

				
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