Just spoke with Perry Pack – Founder and CEO of the Ayden Rae Foundation and his wife Vanessa (Founder and CEO) for almost 2 hours. They are fighting for a cause and a cure for HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum). Perry told me Vanessa has been pregnant 11 times – with the only intention to have a few healthy, happy babies.
Ayden Rae was still born 23 weeks and they were done with this disease They were not going to let it beat them, as well as thousands of mothers around the world. They started this campaign to find a cure and get the word out this disease was real – and it effected all of these women.
He wanted to travel Route 66 not only to raise funds for their cause, but also to help the small business along the route.
Perry used to live on Route 66 – and he decided he wanted to use the road to help raise funds. He told me his parents ran a Whiting Bros in Amarillo, his uncle ran a Whiting Bros in Seligman with the help of his parents, and his uncle had an amblatory business out of Amarillo. He ended up in Barstow running a Whiting Bros not too far Route 66, and as a young boy, he would help out washing the car windows, cleaning the restrooms, helped fixing flat tires, and doing what he can to support the business. He also managed a Wright & Sullivan Shell Auto Care station on the corner of Foothill & Town from 1983-1989, and he lives in a Route 66 town in CA, so as you can see, he has a long lineage on the route.
He is looking to make this an annual event. Wanting to have an auto tour on the route – he did tell me he knows it would be near impossible to have all these cars do the entire route, but folks can join them for a small stretch, a state, or even a time zone!! The goal is to have 500 participants in 2013. Also, he wants to be able to give prizes from places not only from the route, but from around the country. They are even thinking about a ‘scavenger hunt’ to keep things interesting and have the participants visit the different businesses along the route – in return supporting the business.
The goal for 2012 is to obviously raise money, as they said no amount is too little and any amount helps! The underlining goal is to gain sponserships from individuals and business to donate either a lump sum or even to sponser a group to do a ‘dollar a mile’ drive as well.
It was heartfelt listening to the stories and ironically – I have experienced the same fate (in a sense) when my (ex)wife was pregnant with our fist child – being deathly ill for 9 months, not knowing how the pregnancy would turn out…
What is HG?
During pregnancy, nausea and vomiting is very common in many women. However, frequently many women have to undergo severe sickness in pregnancy and this severe form of morning sickness is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Is the most severe form of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Hyperemesis Gravidarum causes malnutrition, electrolyte imbalance and dehydration during pregnancy and is life threatening for mother and unborn child(ren).
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