Year In Review 2022

It was another fantastic year to live our mission of supporting the families of micropreemies. Before looking ahead to a great 2023, please join us in looking back on all we accomplished together in 2022.


The 2022 Rae Strong Foundation Year In Review

Playing For Preemies - Lewis Basketball

On Saturday, December 3rd, join us at the Neil Carey Arena on the campus of Lewis University for our next Playing For Preemies outing! The Lewis Flyers men's & women's basketball teams will be facing off against William Jewell with the first game starting at 1pm. We will be accepting donations and selling apparel to help fund gifts and donations to Chicagoland NICU nurses this holiday season.

Recently, co-founders Lorelee Smith and Dan Friend sat down and talked about how the Rae Strong Foundation started and why it is so important. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW

Thank You, From Rae Strong

Our foundation would like to extend sincere gratitude for the gifts and support given to us by Dad, Rae's grandfather. His support for the family as well as this foundation has been truly unmatched, and we are so gracious for him.

Thank you.

Preemie Stories

Read the incredible stories of Preemie Families

Rae

Learn about the story of Rae, the namesake of this great foundation, told from parents Lorelee & Dan CLICK HERE

Clare

Come read “Our Clare-rity”, the loving story of Clare’s beginning, told by her parents Kimberly & Dan. CLICK HERE

Emersyn

Ray got home from volleyball and their family had to get to the hospital right away. Read about Emersyn by CLICKING HERE

Thomas

Read the truly miraculous story of Thomas, The Miracle Man, as told by his parents Deborah & Dan. CLICK HERE

Mason

New job opportunities and moving homes wasn’t the only big life event on the way – learn about Mason, “Our Lionheart” by CLICKING HERE

Gracie

In our most recent Preemie Story, Gracie showed us from day one just how strong she is. Read about Gracie by CLICKING HERE

Support For Preemie Families

We know that having a preemie can be stressful, difficult, and full of uncertainties. We are always on the look out for new parents of premature children to assist. Whether it be connecting you to the right NICU, providing educational resources to make you feel more confident, or even helping with a bill - we're here to help.


CLICK HERE to apply for assistance through our Preemie Family Application

Need An Introduction?

Co-founder Dan Friend recently spoke with Joesph Smalzer of the Greater Than Zero Podcast about the creation of this foundation and what our mission is.


CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE