march for babies blog
Today marks President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 130th birthday. Thanks to our nation’s 32nd President, who founded March of Dimes, millions of women and infants have been given the gift of healthier, full-term pregnancies. President Roosevelt’s 130th birthday is a perfect time to celebrate his life-changing contributions in maternal and child health.
Efforts are underway in Congress to mint a March of Dimes commemorative coin. To do this we must secure 290 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and 67 cosponsors in the Senate. This is a steep hill to climb – urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act (S. 1935 / H.R. 3187) today!
As a way to honor their twin daughters, Chloe and Isabelle, Paulina and Josh Levine began raising money through March for Babies. The Levine’s twin girls were born at just 26 weeks in May of 2006; Chloe lived for two days and Isabelle lived for five weeks.
“We love that March for Babies gives us a forum to honor the memory of our girls,” says Paulina. “We’re inspired by the support we receive and the notes people write on our March for Babies webpage.”
“Registering through marchforbabies.org is simple,” continues Paulina. “And the personalized webpage makes it so easy to ask for donations. Once you sign up you just email your friends and family.”
There are 17,600 family teams who raise money to celebrate, honor and remember babies and children. If you’d like to join them and honor or remember a child, get started now.
Thank you fans of Farmers Insurance Open! In only five days, more than 5,000 of you became fans of Farmers Insurance Open and helped generate $50,000 in donations to March of Dimes. Thanks to you and Farmers for helping to make a difference!
“My husband, Shane, and I never once thought of pregnancy as a life-or-death event,” Shalini Wittstruck recalls. “Then one day our lives and all our expectations changed.”
Their son, Kieran, was born at 31 weeks, weighing just 3 lbs., 1 oz. He spent the first months of his life in the newborn intensive care unit (NIUC), battling anemia, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia, a heart murmur and a brain cyst. With medical advances supported by the March of Dimes, Kieran pulled through.
Now 5 years old, Kieran still flips expectations on their head. Outside his home near Seattle, he likes to ride his bike and swim. He also is a budding mechanical engineer and is always working on his next great invention. And if that wasn’t enough, he even runs his own cat spy agency: MEOWS!
From his difficult start to the creative kindergartner he is today, Kieran’s story is a happy one. “We are thankful every day for how far he has come,” says Shane.
“I didn’t think premature birth could happen to me, but it did.” says Shalini, who has served as co-chair for the Cigna March for Babies (R) team in Seattle since 2007. “We need the March of Dimes to make sure it won’t happen to you.”
As the 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador, Kieran will travel the country with his parents, sharing his story and raising awareness. You can see Kieran and his family on the set of Fox and Friends from a visit this week, and watch their story here:
Visit Kieran’s blog to keep up with his travels through the year at kieranstravels.marchofdimes.com.
The New Year has started, and we’re all ready for March for Babies 2012 – and we hope you are, too. Sign up now and find out when and where your March for Babies event is taking place.
If you’ll be leading a team or are thinking about starting one, now is a great time to get organized. Pull together your mailing list and email a “save the date” to everyone who walked or supported you last year. Just reactivate your account and use the email feature on your team captain dashboard.
We’re anticipating this to be a great year. We hope you’ll join us!