Ille-et-Vilaine: he will run 175 km for parents of premature children

Ille-et-Vilaine: he will run 175 km for parents of premature children
Ille-et-Vilaine: he will run 175 km for parents of premature children

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Florian Puche

Published on May 11, 2024 at 5:36 p.m.

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It is a common memory that links Julie Porcher, 28 years old, and Aurélien Poirier, 36 years. That of having been separated from their baby for long hours after a premature birth.

The Vitré (Ille-et-Vilaine) branch of the SOS Préma association has since been created.

“It’s very brutal”

“The separation is horrible,” recalls the young woman, who was only able to see her little Sacha 24 hours after birth.

For Aurélien, a few hours were also painful just after the birth. He remembers : “ You never expect to experience this moment. When that happens, you can only endure, it’s very brutal,” he rewinds, thinking back to the birth of his third child, Aloïs.

Today, Sacha and Aloïs are doing well, but Julie and Aurélien have a strong commitment. Julie, resident of Gennes-sur-Seiche, created the vitreous antenna of theSOS Préma association in FEBRUARY last.

“I was already a volunteer with the association at the southern hospital in Rennes. Each volunteer is a parent of a premature child and our goal is to support parents who are experiencing these moments. We also provide assistance to finance specialized equipment,” explains Julie.

He takes on the Ultra Marine challenge

For his part, Aurélien, resident of Moutiers, is a confirmed runner. With several marathons under his belt and long distances such as the Vallées trail (115 km) or the Ultra Marin raid (100 km), Aurélien has launched a new challenge. That of realizing theUltra Marine (175 km).

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But I wanted to put meaning into this new project. I came across a photo of my son at birth and looked for associations that worked for parents of premature children. I came across Julie’s contact. We didn’t know each other at all even though we lived not far away.

Aurélien Poirier

After several discussions, the project to run the Ultra Marin under the banner of SOS Préma was launched. “We each have a personal story behind our commitment. The challenge appealed to me and especially the fact of having a local impact. That this project would serve the Vitré hospital, with people from the sector, was important to me,” continues Aurélien.

1 € per kilometer

Concretely, he and his three brothers, all four bosses of a company, will give €1 per kilometer traveled to the association. “The idea is above all to make the association known in order to collect donations. »

A online prize pool was also created to support the association.

For Julie and SOS Préma, the idea of ​​being carried by an athlete made sense: “These are things that are being done a lot at the moment and we were immediately attracted. »

She already has some ideas for improving support for parents at Vitré hospital: “In addition to purchasing large equipment, we can also think about very concrete things such as purchasing a polaroid to take a photo of the baby and show it to the mother. I have a painful memory of a nurse who took a photo of my son, but when she showed it to me, she was out of battery. These are terrible situations for mothers. »

Departure June 28

The association is found, the race too, now everything rests on the shoulders of Aurélien who hopes complete your Ultra Marin in less than 24 hours.

“We will leave on June 28 at 6 p.m.. I hope not to do much more than 24 hours to avoid spending a second night outside. But having a cause to support gives even more motivation. »

For more information on SOS Préma, you can send a message to the following address: [email protected]. Link to the online prize pool.

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