march for babies blog
Get ready for March for Babies this weekend in more than 200 communities across the country. Rain or shine, millions of March of Dimes fundraisers are gearing up to join family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and others to walk, celebrate and raise funds for stronger, healthier babies.
From celebrities and local elected officials to your neighbor down the street, caring individuals like you have helped drive the mission of the March of Dimes to a long, rich history of success. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes continues to fund critical, lifesaving research and medical breakthroughs that benefit countless people around the world. We also connect with moms and moms-to-be through our websites, printed materials, videos and community programs, and offer information and comfort to families with a baby in newborn intensive care. Today, we fight the crisis of premature birth, which affects 1 of every 9 babies born in the United States. Help put an end to this and other health problems that threaten our babies. Come out and walk, donate and raise money as we work together for stronger, healthier babies. Thank you!
Find a March for Babies near you at marchforbabies.org
It’s March for Babies season, when we start looking ahead to the freshness of spring and walking to help babies. While the number of babies born too soon has gone down for 7 years in a row, more than 450,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the United States. Families need our help right now! The money you raise will support research into the causes and preventions for premature birth so that more babies can be born healthy and strong.
Whether you register as an individual fundraising walker or part of a team, you’re making a difference for moms and babies everywhere. If you haven’t already done so, why not get started with a donation to yourself? It shows your family and friends that you believe in the cause you’re fundraising for, and it feels great to see the first donation on your personal fundraising dashboard! Ask those friends and family members to raise money and walk with you and make an even bigger impact!
The earlier you start, the more time you have to fundraise! Set a goal of $1,000 or more, and be a member of our Circle of Champions. You will earn some exciting incentive gifts. Thank you for joining us!
Elise Jackson of Chicago was healthy and doing everything right when her water broke halfway through her pregnancy. After 5 weeks of bed rest in the hospital and careful monitoring, she and her husband, Todd, welcomed their son into the world on 5/8/02 at 25 weeks.
He weighed just over a pound and was 11 inches long, which is the length of a sheet of paper. Everything happened so suddenly, explains Elise, that “there wasn’t time for me to take in the magnitude of the situation — the birth of my only child, the fact that he arrived months earlier than expected, and the incredibly long journey ahead for our family.”
Elijah spent 7 months in a newborn intensive care unit where he had heart surgery and received treatment for respiratory and digestive problems, anemia and jaundice. When his happy parents finally took him home, he continued to be monitored with a feeding tube, respiratory support and a trach in his throat to help him breathe easier. Elijah’s medical bills totaled more than $1.2 million.
Today, at 12, Elijah is a student and basketball fan. As he continues to overcome challenges, he inspires others, especially his parents. Elise, a March of Dimes volunteer for 10 years, rallies her colleagues at United year round, while Todd, a member of March of Dimes national service partner Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., also helps lead the local March for Babies® walks and their family team. As the 2015 National Ambassador, Elijah and his parents will travel the country to share his story and raise awareness of premature birth.
See Elijah’s story here
WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 1, 2014 – (From left) LaVerne Council, chair of the March of Dimes Board of Trustees; Jill Teeters, mom of March of Dimes 2014 National Ambassador Aidan Lamothe; Aidan, age 6; and David Lamothe, his dad, all of Manchester, NH; Tim Austin, Senior Vice President Retail Services-Kmart, Sears Holdings Corporation and 2014 National Chairman of March for Babies; and Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes, at the White House prior to a private meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office today.
These national volunteers represented the March of Dimes and the nearly 500,000 babies born prematurely each year. Their visit continues the March of Dimes 68-year tradition of National Ambassador visits to the White House. March of Dimes National Ambassadors have met with every U.S. President since President Harry S. Truman.
To learn more about our National Ambassador Aidan Lamothe, please visit our website.
March of Dimes volunteers and staff visited the TODAY show this morning to raise awareness about upcoming March for Babies walks! Decked out in purple, volunteers brought posters showing their stories. Briana and Matthew Tortoso spoke with TODAY show correspondent Dylan Dreyer about their son JohnCarlo born 12 weeks early and shared that they are walking this weekend. It was a chilly morning but a great opportunity to help raise awareness about the March of Dimes mission!
Get ready to MARCH!
It’s the exciting countdown to March for Babies! Our hearts are full, our spirits are high and our will is stronger than ever to march on to help ALL babies. Grab your t-shirts and sneakers and check out these last-minute reminders:
Reach out again to potential donors – send one of our new eCards! Or post on Facebook and make sure to include the link to your personal fundraising page to make it even easier. They will receive a thank-you and tax receipt.
If you raised money online, print your personalized sponsor form from your personal page and bring it to your walk, along with your cash and checks.
If you raised all your money offline, download and fill out a blank sponsor form to record your fundraising efforts.
Contact your local March of Dimes chapter if you have any last-minute questions.
This will be a day like no other.
A day when we stand together in the fight to help babies have the healthiest start possible!
Ready… set… MARCH ON!
When we think about March for Babies and returning year after year, one of the big questions we are all asked is “Why I Walk” Today we have a guest post from Samantha, who shares her story and reasons for walking in March for Babies.
Why I walk
I walk because I was born premature in 1983 due to an ABO blood incompatibility. My Jaundice levels were 0.5 from being considered brain damaged.
I walk because my son, Jadon, arrived at 34 1/2 weeks, needing assistance to breathe, and still struggles with respiratory issues. He was on a cpap and received surfactant treatments to help improve his lungs. Nine year later the impact of missing those 5 1/2 weeks are seen through his asthma and breathing issues.
I walk because my daughter will never will. In 2006, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at 25 weeks. My sweet Trinity, born at 11.4 oz and 10 inch, was just too small and passed away shortly after birth.
I walk because, after Jadon arrived early and we said goodbye to our daughter, I needed answers. I searched for answers. I searched for place where I felt people got it. I found the March Of Dimes. I found answers to some of the many questions I had and through the March Of Dimes I found Share Your Story. WOW! Share Your Story became my saving grace. It put me in contact with those who were dealing with preemies with breathing issues, ER trips, specialists, and hospital stays similar to Jadon. It put me in contact with people who share the pain of saying goodbye way to soon, like I had with Trinity. It gave me faith in myself as a mom again. Helped me through the dark scary days and cheered me on on my good days.
I walk because in 2011 I got pregnant again and was terrified. We said goodbye to that pregnancy two days after Christmas at just 6 weeks.
I walk because in 2012 we got the news that we had one more chance. Again I turned to the March of Dimes for information on 17-p shots, progesterone, and many other things. Again I relied on Share Your Story for the emotional support that comes along with a pregnancy after so many bumps in the road! In Sept 2012 we welcomed our son, Jaxson, into the world 8 weeks premature due to being in distress. The NICU once again became our home. We were blessed to bring him home 16 days later thanks to the surfactant treatments he received.
I walk because my boys’ stories show how far the March of Dimes has come. But my daughters story shows how much work we still need to do. I walk for every mom that will have a baby that arrives early and turns to the internet searching for information and understanding. I couldn’t imagine where I would be If I hadn’t came across the March of Dimes and Share Your Story websites.
I walk so one day all babies are born full term and healthy… won’t you walk with me?