Vote for Fairfield County Bank Charity of the Month, January is Champion Month!

The Iris Fund is honored to have won Fairfield County Bank’s Charity of the Month in December, which resulted in a generous $1,000 donation for our critical women’s health research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

January is Champions Month, which means the charities that won in 2022 are back in the running for Charity of the Month!

We want to thank everyone who voted for us in December, and encourage you to keep voting for us so we can to win an additional $1,000 donation.

You can vote here up to once a day. Just click HERE.

Pregnancy and infant loss can be incredibly difficult to discuss. But it's an issue that many families have personal experience with, and one Ridgefield resident is using her own tragedy to help other families dealing with this type of loss.

The Iris Fund was started by Brittney Crystal with the shock that women’s bodies are not better understood during even 'normal' labor and a passion to bridge that research gap - which will save and improve outcomes for babies. Brittney’s baby died being born. Her name was Iris. Her legacy was born right after and her family stands with the amazing women across so many organizations that are working to make it better for the next generation.

The Iris Fund solely supports the doctors and engineers at Columbia University who are answering the question of what triggers full term labor - to eventually stop it from occurring early - preventing preterm birth. 

We believe all families should be able to ask the basic questions about how their bodies work during pregnancy - and get answers.  Iris’s legacy is one that will give peace of mind to all pregnant families and provide better outcomes for our most vulnerable babies - the 400,000 born too soon in this country every year.  

“The response from the Ridgefield community since we started five years ago has been rallied around our cause, especially our generous partners at Fairfield County Bank,” Brittney explains.

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