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Thanks for visiting our page and supporting our efforts to raise awareness to premature birth, pregnancy loss, and infant death. The Leif Aleutian Foundation is a NJ non-profit foundation being formed by Brian and Jen Larsen, parents to Leif Aleutian. Leif's Legacy is a 5k Run & Walk founded in memory of our son whom died in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after living 52 hours earth-side. Leif Aleutian died resulting from a premature birth at 26.3 weeks.
Our Story: Brian and Jen's 20 week anatomy sonogram in August 2019 showed complete placenta previa. While working in Alaska, Jen was medi-vaced out of Skagway to Seattle, WA for severe bleeding which led to further knowledge about the pregnancy. They experienced complete placenta previa and placenta percreta, leading to multiple events of severe bleeding and the premature delivery of Leif Aleutian on October 11. Doctors and staff within the University of Washington Medical Center NICU worked with Leif to give him the best chance of survival, but his lungs were too under-developed to sustain breathing on his own. Leif Aleutian left this world on Oct 13, 2019 after a 52 hour fight for his life.
This foundation and race are developed by his family to raise awareness to premature birth and infant death, helping more of the public realize how frequent infant loss occurs (1 in 4 women), while supporting further research to provide infants and babies a higher chance of survival. Proceeds from this 2021 race will be donated to 2 medical facilities --Shore Medical Center's Special Care Nursery, the Larsen's Southern NJ hospital in Somers Point, NJ, and the Dahl Memorial Clinic in Skagway, Alaska --Brian & Jen's local Alaskan clinic that has taken care of their family before, during, and after pregnancy.
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