The Yeti Tour is coordinated by Nate & Kelly Alvar and a group of friends, family and volunteers. The Alvar family became active volunteers following the loss of their first two infant sons, after which the Yeti Tour was started as a way to work toward healthy outcomes for other children. This is their story.
In 2005 Kelly and I became pregnant with our first son, Isaiah. At our 20 week ultrasound our doctor informed us that something was wrong. We learned that Isaiah was suffering from severe birth defects, from which his odds of survival were one in a million.
We went to appointment after appointment, desiring to give our child every chance we could. We went into laber on July 26th, 2006. Isaiah was born and we were told he would have a short time to live. We spent 20 minutes with him - 20 minutes that were special in a way only a parent knows.
After Isaiah, we were looking for way to give back and to help other children and families. A short time later, we became pregnant with our second child, Mason. The pregnancy was an uneventful and otherwise normal pregrancy. To everyones' surprise, Mason came three months early.
On April 25th, 2007 we met Mason, kicking and screaming. He spent his first days in an incubator and was doing well. On the third day our doctor told us he would need emergency surgery, from which he was not able to recover. Mason passed away at only one week old.
Today, Kelly and I have a happy, healthy seven-year-old son, Jonas, and a three-year-old son, Elias.
After experiencing the loss of their sons and seeing the hardship facing other families, the Alvars banded together with their friends and family to raise money to support those in need.
Please join us in supporting the Northland Newborn Foundation whose mission is to support the health of babies and their families in our community.