Mark and I have signed up to do the March for Babies with the NICU team to help the March of Dimes work towards the day when all babies are born healthy. The walk is only 3 weeks away on April 25, 2009. We would like everyone who reads our blog to either join us or help us raise funds for the March of Dimes. If everyone who reads this donates only $5 we will rasie a lot of money! I have links to our walk websites on the right side of the page and at the very bottom. We have already raised $70 and I set a goal of $350 for us. (Only online donations will show up on our tracker, but you can send us a check made out to March of Dimes too).
We are walking in honor of our Nicholas who was born 16 weeks too soon. Research done by the March of Dimes helped save his life. He was given Surfactant for his lungs after he was born and without the March of Dimes he might not be here today. By sharing our story, we hope to remind everyone of the urgency of the mission of the March of Dimes and inspire our friends and family to join us.
Ours is not the only story of frightening, touch-and-go days in neonatal intensive care with our baby. Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. Birth defects pose another serious threat – taking the lives of many babies and cause lifelong disabilities for thousands more. So it’s important for us to help the March of Dimes help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
We are doing just that by participating in March for Babies. No one is working harder than the March of Dimes to understand the causes of prematurity and birth defects. March for Babies offers hope by raising funds for lifesaving research, education and innovative programs that offer hope for preventions and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects.
One day all babies will be born healthy. But we’ll have to walk to get there! Thank you for your help.