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Archive for May, 2011

31 May

Denzel and Lauren share their appreciation for the students' support

Denzel and Lauren share their appreciation for the students' support

The Flemings with Corps of Cadets Students!

The Flemings with Corps of Cadets Students!

At the end of April I had the opportunity to visit the largest student-run college fundraiser for the March of Dimes, March to the Brazos put on by the Corps of Cadets members at Texas A&M! I was inspired and amazed by these students at their year-end culmination of fundraising, full of physical challenges in the form of push-ups, sit-ups and intense physical feats, in addition to 18 miles of walking, and so appreciative of their efforts to help babies.

In the past 35 years, these students have raised an incredible $2.1 million, and are on track for another year of $100,000+ in 2011! With the command of student leaders Kyle and Andrew, the platoons of the Corps of Cadets compete all year to see which unit wll raise the most money in support of the March of Dimes. Best wishes to Kyle as a new graduate of Texas A & M, and Andrew we look forward to seeing you as a March of Dimes student leader for the Corps again in 2011-2012! 

Championed with the support of March of Dimes board member and former Corps of Cadets member Mark, March to the Brazos marks a special time for the Corps of Cadets, ending not only an incredible year of fundraising but a year in the Corps, allowing for the fun & games to come out in full force on this special day.

Along with the exciting phsyical challenges, the National Ambassador Family spoke to the students, along with March of Dimes volunteer leaders including Mark and the Chair of the local March of Dimes Board. You can see the program and witness the event in this video from the Corps of Cadets:

9 May

PBL along the March for Babies route!

PBL along the March for Babies route!

Thank you, Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, the March of Dimes top fundraiser of all youth national service partners!

The Phi Beta Lambda Chapter at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, led by PBL National Officer Courtney, participated and volunteered at the Minneapolis March for Babies Walk on May 1. The five member team walked four miles at Parade Stadium.

The event was a success! Following the walk, the group helped tear down and clean up after the event. The best part of the event, for the Phi Beta Lambda Chapter, was the pride in knowing that they were part of an event that will undoubtedly change countless lives of babies across the nation.

What is your favorite part of March for Babies? Why do you walk?
Thank you FBLA-PBL members!

Thank you FBLA-PBL members!

6 May

Shawn and her mom Teri

Shawn and her mom Teri

Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson and her Mom, Teri, have a Mother’s Day message for you in support of all moms and the March of Dimes!


You can also view this wonderful video on March of Dimes Iowa Sponsor Hy-Vee’s website, and look for a complimentary ad in Iowa newspapers on Sunday.

The March of Dimes wishes everyone – all of our walkers, sponsors, teams and amazing volunteers – a very Happy Mother’s Day.  Thank you for all you do to improve the health of moms and babies everywhere!

5 May
Lauren and father Densel (© Paul Berg)

Lauren and father Densel (© Paul Berg)

The 2011 National Ambassador, Lauren Fleming, and her family have had a very busy March for Babies season!

Since January the Flemings have been traveling all over the country thanks to the gracious sponsorship of United Airlines, the Official Sponsor of the 2011 National Ambassador program, to talk about the importance of getting involved in the March of Dimes Foundation.

Meetings with sponsors, team kick-offs, special events, and walking in March for Babies have kept this little 7 year old very busy!

This past weekend Lauren completed her March for Babies season at the largest March for Babies in the country in Houston, TX.

Follow Lauren in her travels, even after March for Babies is over at her blog:

Did you meet Lauren along her journey?

Lauren and the United March for Babies Team

Lauren and the United March for Babies Team in Houston

4 May

Tre when he was born

Today’s guest post comes to us from Thomas Tatum, March for Babies Midwestern Regional Coordinator for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and more importantly – dad.

Born 5 years ago at 5:14 p.m. at Akron General: my son Tre Tatum. Prior to his birth, he and his mom, my wife Milistine, were spending nearly six weeks of quality time on mandatory bed rest. His Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority aunties from the Zeta Theta Omega chapter based in Akron dropped off covered dishes because they did not think Lauren’s diet, his big sister, of fast food would last. His Alpha Uncles both near and far were on constant watch to make sure his father was “Keeping His Head About Him…”

Tre’ spent about 82 days at Akron Children’s Hospital; you learn there must be trust in the professionals dedicated to seeing your son or daughter has the care they need. You develop a bond with the staff. This journey has taught us true and honest friendship enhances your quality of life.

And now, tips from Thomas – check out his own fundraising page here - to help with your March for Babies fundraising:

1. Tell why you support the March for Babies!

2. Contact everyone you do business with including your organizations and places of worship.

3. Simply put..ASK!… as it is a definite NO if you don’t.

What are your top fundraising tips this May as you get in all your final donations for March for Babies?


And look at Tre today!

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