I am a mother of one baby girl. Her name is Azyahnna Denise and she turned 1 on October 31st.
The Davies Project has been very, very near to my heart especially this past year. It's been a rough year for my daughter and I. Azyahnna was born with a birth injury called brachial plexus which is when babies are basically born with either a stretch or a tear to some of their nerves for being large babies. They either get stuck in the birth canal or have to be cut out. So she has had a very, very rough time.
Leaving the hospital I knew that she would have a number of appointments. I wasn't sure how I was going to get her there but again we were blessed to have The Davies Project.
I found out about The Davies Project through the previous coordinator, Dionta Brown. He came to Hannah's House which is a maternity shelter that I was living in at the time. He got myself, as well as all the other women, signed up for rides to prenatal appointments which was very much appreciated because a lot of those women, like myself, would not have made some of those appointments, had we not had The Davies Project volunteers.
This brings me to some experiences I had with drivers. Mr. Nestell took me to a prenatal appointment but they took me straight to labor and delivery. He was waiting in the lounge and when I finally could, I called him to let him know there was a baby on board!
To this day he still picks up our rides and opens his heart to my family. He has watched my daughter grow throughout this year and we really appreciate him as well as a number of drivers.
Miss Kathy has also opened her heart to my family and it has turned into more than a drive. She helped to bless us with a table. I didn't have a table in my new house to sit down and eat and she opened her heart and blessed us with that. Something that would seem so small to everyone else is so big to me and my family.
She picks up rides for us, she's taking us to Ann Arbor tomorrow - an appointment that I thought I would have to cancel. And I don't have to.
We've always been greeted by smiling faces when it comes to The Davies Project volunteers. Azyahnna has not missed any appointments due to transportation since she was born just over a year ago.
We are very, very thankful for The Davies Project and its volunteers. I really don't know what we would do without you and it is my hope that this wonderful organization can be continuously supported in this community because it's needed for the children.
The Davies Project is excited to unveil its brand new logo, courtesy of Lansing-based public relations firm, Martin Waymire.
We were honored and excited to be selected as one of three organizations to receive a donation of $1,000 and free media and marketing services through the 2016 Martin Waymire Gives project. We want to express our gratitude to MW both for their generous donation and for helping us create new marketing materials that truly capture the essence and mission of The Davies Project.
Three new images will be used to help us spread the word about our services in the community. They feature bright, playful colors and type, while clearly communicating our primary mission and focus: to help provide transportation and support to children with serious health challenges. The ribbon also represents childhood cancer, a nod to Executive Director and Founder Pam Miklavcic's inspiration for creating The Davies Project: her son, Peter, who battled cancer as a young child.
We are equally thrilled with our new tagline: More than just a ride. While our central task is to provide safe and effective transportation to medical appointments for sick children, The Davies Project is also committed to providing a sense of partnership and community to those families who may feel isolated in such a challenging time. We are proud that our volunteer drivers and the families they serve are able to form friendships and lasting bonds. It is this connection and sense of community that will continue to drive our work throughout 2017 and the years to come, and we are pleased that this sentiment is reflected as a component of our new branding materials.