march for babies blog

23 Apr

Did you walk? Are you walking?

Posted by Linda

The first walks took place this past weekend. One of them in Dallas, TX. And that’s where some of our team went as well- to take pictures and shoot video.


What an amazing event! And what a turn-out! Thanks to everyone there who showed up despite the clouds and the rain. We have so many pictures to go through still, but I did want to share a couple just to show you what a great time everyone had.






There are a ton of walks taking place this weekend. The national office team is walking on Sunday, in White Plains, NY. I did the walk here last year, but will be checking out the Long Beach, NY walk this year. My little boy is all excited. He can’t wait to wear his special March for Babies shirt. Weather predictions are awesome, and we may even be heading to the beach after!


I’ll definitely share some pictures of my walk, and I hope you’ll all do the same. We’ve set up a Flickr group for March for Babies ’09 where you can add your favorite pictures and comment on those of other walkers!


Where are you walking? Or did you walk already? Leave me a comment.


Did you walk? Are you walking?

Comment by Michelle Heltsley — April 23, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

Can someone please tell me how to do a blog or a bulletin on my personal website for the March of Dimes. I am walking May 2nd in Naples, FL.

I would really like to meet other families that have been touched by prematurity. Thank you so much.


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Comment by Macie Novak — April 23, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

I’m walking on May 2, 2009. My name is Macie and I’m 9 years old and I was born 4 weeks to early. Please everybody walk for babies like me.

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Comment by Angela S — April 24, 2009 @ 12:49 am

I am walking on May 3rd in Chattanooga, TN with a team from my place of employment- i initially signed to walk individually, but they decided to walk too. I am so excited; my third baby was born 7+ weeks early and he will be with me during the walk as well as my husband, my 14 yo son, and my 7 yo daughter.

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Comment by Matthew W — April 24, 2009 @ 1:19 am


I’m not sure if you can post a blog directly on your page other than a link to your personal page. You could set up a blog at When you log in to your page at the top you can click on “edit your personal page” and there you can enter the link in the field which asks you to enter your blog site. Also there you can edit your personal message.

If you want to connect with other families who have been touched by prematurity you should check out another March of Dimes site: where you can post your experiences and read those of others.

Hope this helps!

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Comment by Africa — April 24, 2009 @ 10:53 am

I am walking May 9th in Burlington, NC…I have a set of twins that were born 14 weeks early (at 26 weeks). This will be our first walk. I am very excited! I hope to get more folks to walk with us and give what they can. Every little bit counts.

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Comment by Sacheen Welch — April 24, 2009 @ 11:03 am

We are walking for my angel son David who was born too early at 19 1/2 weeks.We are walking on 4/26/09 at Ocean County College in Toms River,NJ.My 14 year old daughter and stepson will be walking as well as some friends that signed on.Can’t wait until Sunday and the weather is supposed to be beautiful too!

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Comment by Christy Vaughn — April 24, 2009 @ 11:25 am

We’re walking in Spartanburg, SC tomorrow at Duncan Park. They’ve cut us out a mile. Last year’s walk was 6 miles & for some reason this year’s walk is 5. I had never walked 6 miles in my life until last year, but it was for a good cause so I did it!

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Comment by Jannie — April 24, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

Hi I will be walking this Sunday April 26, this is my first time walking…
I do not have any stories of premature babies, but I plan to have kids some day and hope they are healthy and get the gift of a 40 weeks pregnancy!

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Comment by Jannie — April 24, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

Hi I will be walking this Sunday April 26 in Houston, TX this is my first time walking…
I do not have any stories of premature babies, but I plan to have kids some day and hope they are healthy and get the gift of a 40 weeks pregnancy!

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Comment by Monica — April 24, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

I am walking tomorrow!!! I had to buy a double stroller on Craigslist the other day because I’m taking my 2 toddlers. Originally I was only taking my youngest (she was born with a rare birth defect but is thriving wonderfully, yay!), but hubby has to work so I figured something out….I always do =).

Ours is different from last year too, except it’s increasing a mile from 5 last year to 6 miles tomorrow. It’s going to be interesting, lol. Looking forward to it, rain or shine =)

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Comment by melody — April 24, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

I am walkin tomorrow in Ardmore, OK. I can’t wait, I signed up for this a little over a month ago and just a week and a half ago my sister-in-law had her baby girl at just 25 weeks so it has hit home. I will also be doing a walk in September in Sulphur,OK.

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Comment by Monica — April 24, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

I will be walking tomorrow in Key Biscayne, FL. Walking with my 18 month old son. My son came 4 weeks early and I have an older sister that was born at 7 months. We are walking so all the babies have a chance!!

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Comment by Debbie — April 24, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

I’m walking in Ft Laud tomorrow, April 25. I’m walking for my godson Jake who only lived for 5 hours when he was born at 23 1/2 weeks. I’m walking w/ my husband, 3 yr old daughter and 6 yr old son and this our first March for Babies walk. We are so excited!

Did you walk? Are you walking?

Comment by Sharon St. Clair — April 24, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

I just learned about this. Is it too late to register to walk tomorrow in San Diego? Can I get sponsorships after the walk?

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Comment by Jennifer W. — April 24, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

I am walking tommorrow at Lake Lilly (Central Florida) This is my 2nd year walking, but this year I am walking for my nephew Andrew. He was born 6 weeks early at 34 weeks of gestation. He was born at 3lbs 2oz. He’s a strong survior and doing wonderful now. He’s 5 months old now. I am walking w/ my mother, sister w/ her 2 kids (including andrew). We’re all excited to be walking for babies all over the place. We’re even wearing all colored purple shirts to let people be aware that purple stands for support for premature babies and birth defects.

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Comment by Rosie — April 24, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

I am walking this weekend in Miami, Florida!

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Comment by Michelle — April 24, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

Our family team is walking May 2nd in New Ulm, MN. Its a bittersweet experience for all of us. Prematurity took three very important pieces of our hearts. We walk to remember our three precious angels but we also walk to help give so many other babies a fighting chance to make a difference in this world! May God bless all the walkers stepping up for the babies!

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Comment by Christine — April 24, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

I am walking on Sunday with my precious angel Parker. She was born 8 weeks early and her actual birth date is tomorrow.

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Comment by Kayla Phillips — April 25, 2009 @ 12:36 am

I will be walking for the first time in Albany, GA. I will be walking with my mother, father, husband, and a picture of my son. He is 3 months old, and not yet home from the NICU. He was born at 24 weeks gestation. He was 2lbs 1oz. He is such a miracle and I thank God every day for him. I hope the donations I collected will help other premature babies.

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Comment by Stacey — April 25, 2009 @ 9:22 am

I will be walking in honor of my son Isaiah Paul who was born 7 weeks early only weighing 3 pounds and is now a healthy little boy turning ONE on Tuesday!!!

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Comment by Alycia Woolsey — April 25, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

I marched this morning with my mommy group “Connect The Tots” and it was such a great experiance. It’s wonderful to get out and do something that creates such a positive attitude in so many.

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Comment by Yvonne — April 26, 2009 @ 12:20 am

Today, I had a walk in San Diego at Balboa Park and I had the most womderful time! This would have been my actual second time in a row, but could not attend last years walk. The reason that happend was that I had forgotten my 4 mos old son’s formula at the time. But when my family and I attended this years’ oh my god! I loved every minute of it and it had made me wish that we would’ve been there. Now, for sure I’m defintely gouing to want to another walk next year. I would not mind to participate just help unborn babies be born fullterm and healthy.
We walked for my kids who were born 33 wks too soon. My daughter was supposed to be born in mid August of 06, but instead was born on July 4th. She was 4.1lbs and is one talkative almost 3 yr old. And my son was born five days before Christmas weighing 4.10 and was in the NICU longer than his sister. Now he is an amazing 16 mos old and is doing everything to make him feel like a big boy.
If it wasn’t for the March of Dimes doing everything they can to help babies feel better and grow big and strong. My kids would not be here today if they hadn’t done any research or funding. My kids thank you guys and I am willing to keep donating so that the rate of premature birth does not get any higher and the grades in across the country could get better. Thanks again March of Dimes March for Babies!

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Comment by Liza Soto — April 26, 2009 @ 10:10 am

I walked on April 25th, 2009 in Miami Florida along with my school and some of my students and parents. It is a great cause and our children are very aware. Every Step is another life!


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Comment by Amanda — April 26, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

Me and 5 friends with our babies attempted the walk in Milwaukee on April 25th. Unfortunately, a thunderstorm and torrential rain set in right before the walk got underway! We were all disappointed, but it was great to see so many walkers and their children show up.

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Comment by Aaron Wilson — April 26, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

My wife and I experienced a premature birth with our triplets. We had an emergency c-section at 24 weeks gestation and on 11/29/2008, our 140 NICU journey began.

We gave birth to Sarah (born 1lb, 2oz), Lauren (born 1lb, 3oz) and Noah Wilson (born 1lb, 5oz). 23 hours later, we lost Noah due to a brain bleed and failing organs. An “inhumane trauma” had inflicted my wife, myself…well, my whole family unit.

We have persevered 140 days in the NICU with the amazing NICU staff at Plantation General Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

On April 25th, 2009. I was fortunate to have a team of walkers join Team Noah Wilson. This team was comprised of family, friends, and fellow employees of the Miramar, FL, branch of Paychex, Inc. My company, Paychex, was kind enough to sponsor me by supplying custom team shirts.

On this day, it was the most amazing event I had ever been to. The Fort Lauderdale March of Dimes chapter, especially Laura Wiseman, did an amazing job putting together this event. The walk was along A1A on Fort Lauderdale Beach and God had favor on all of us that day by providing the most amazing weather…sunny and breazy in the low 80’s (could have been hotter and more humid).

We had a great experience even from the beginning to the parking staff volunteers who all had friendly, up-spirited personalities. We had a gracious parking attendant help us get our double stroller on the trolley transport. We did take the twins out, after pediatrician’s approval, to enjoy the weather.

Once the team met, we were able to get a team picture, found on my facebook site (any March of Dimes team, teammembers, or fellow NICU vets: please request add to Aaron Wilson (of Fort Lauderdale). While parts of my team started the walk, I worked on getting my wife situated with the girls. One of our ex-NICU nurses was working the Plantation General Hospital tent and brought them over to their shady area and even supported her while I did the 6 mile walk. She was helping my wife with changing diapers, feeds, and meds. Amazing! Still going above and beyond for my family!

The walk was beautiful, I am out of shape so it was a little painful towards the end. I had my 3 year old with me and had her stroller, which she used most of the march. The first mile marker not only had water, but had a children’s book which kept my daughter busy until the next marker. One spot had suntan lotion, thank God b/c I forgot to bring mine and gave my little one some layers of protection. Another spot had a small towel which gave me a second wind after dipping it deep into the water bottle’s icy bath (highly recommend, lol).

Our group consisted of my brother-in-law (Godfather to one of the twins), my father, his wife and abuela, two ladies from work, their son in a stroller, my daughter, and myself…then we ran into another co-worker who was ahead of our group and waited. This was such a fun time and we kept each other motivated through the walk.

Most of my team took the short cut, but we did it all and earned the coveted I did it! sticker! My wife was able to go to the ambassador row and pick up our girl’s ambassador sign. Thank you March of Dimes for this wonderful token!

I am so thankful for this experience as it has been an integral part of my wife and I’s healing process from what we experienced. I am so thankful for my family, friends, and work peeps that supported us as well. Team Noah Wilson “rolled deep”! We look forward to doing it again and going bigger (sunshade tents, banners, etc.)

I hope everyone has an amazing time during their walk. It is such an honor to give time and energy to such an amazing cause. I too hope and pray for the day all babies will be born healthy. We walked so that parents get to spend more than 23 hours with their child.

God Bless,

Aaron Wilson (my feet still hurt, lol)

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Comment by Kim Wilson — May 3, 2009 @ 8:32 am

My family is walking today at Chambersburg, PA. This is our 3rd year walking. Both of our children were born premature. Ian, who is now 7, was born at 32 weeks and weighed 3 lb. 12 oz. Ava, who will be 4 next month, was born at 25 weeks and weighed 1 ib. 6 oz. These walks mean a lot to us and we love doing them every year.


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