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18 Mar
Linda

Tips for Family Team Walkers

Posted by Linda

Is this your first March for Babies, or are you a seasoned veteran? When it comes to fundraising, I think most of us can use some new ideas.

 

  • Tell your story – Nothing inspires people to give like your personal story. Tell your potential donors who you’re walking for, how they can help and how much that would mean to you.

 

  • Ease into it – Ask your family first, and your closest friends. Once you feel confident, reach out to your coworkers, doctor, your kids’ teachers, etc.

 

  • Set your giving options – Did you know you can customize the gift amounts people see on your fundraising page? A higher suggested gift may encourage people to increase their donation.

 

  • Go offine – Raising money online is the most effective and easiest way to increase your goal. But there are probably people you know who are not on your Facebook, or who you have no e-mail for. Do ask in person, and use our printable badges.

 

Now it’s your turn. Thousands of new family teams are walking in March for Babies for the very first time this year. What advice can you give them? How do you raise those dollars?

COMMENTS

Tips for Family Team Walkers

Comment by Veronica Horton — March 19, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

I dont have a story. Just a heart! This walk is so important to so many people/babies! Whether it is monetary, volunteer, or just walking you make a difference but DONATE anyway!

Please.

Thank You – And WALK WITH ME!!!!

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Comment by Laura Bolt — March 23, 2010 @ 10:16 am

I have a 9 month old son that was born 2 months early. I am truly blessed to have had really good care at WellStar Cobb Hospital. Thanks to all the research, my son is healthy.
I want to give back to such a wonderful organization. Can anyone give me suggestions to organize a family team? I think this is a great way to teach my older children contribute as well.
Any suggestions for a first time walker?

Laura Bolt

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Comment by admin — March 23, 2010 @ 10:45 am

Laura, head on over to the Family Team Page located here: http://bit.ly/bCgQgs at the bottom are some downloads that will help you get started!

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Comment by Amanda brown — March 23, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

My son Kane Brown was born June 3 2009 and passed away June 16 2009. He was a beautiful baby boy. He had the best care but his lungs just would not work anymore. He fought every day and his dad and I were by his side every day. I am walking in memory of our son and getting donations so that we can find a cure for pre term labor and so we can find a way to keep babies alive who are born prematurely.

Sincerely,
AMANDA BROWN

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Comment by Perla Scott — March 23, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

where can I get posters and flyers for the walk in Exposition Park in LA for this April 24th 2010? I would like to post something in the breakroom at work, I work for a company that is heavily involved with Neonatal work and I would like to have something to post on our bulleting board. Maybe buttons? Stickers? Anything?

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Comment by Natalie — March 23, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

This is the first year my husband and I are considering doing the walk for March of Dimes. Our daughter was born 2 months premature, so that is our motivation for doing this. Just a question though – for the fundraising, do we each have to raise a certain amount to walk? Or do we just raise whatever amount we can, and then anyone in the family can walk?

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Comment by Nancy Amezcua — March 23, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

Hello,
I have 2 children ages 3 and 1 years of age. My three year old was born prematurely by 4 weeks and now my 1 year old well she wasn’t premature but she is a baby with microcephaly and cerebal palsy. I have really been wanting to join the march of dimes and didn’t know how but now more than never I am willing to help. After i read some of the things people posted here I realized now is the time to act. I look forward to joining and making a difference

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Comment by Erin M — March 24, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

Laura,

I am also a mom with a son who was born premature, and like you I felt unbelievably grateful for the support MOD provided us during our NICU stay.

We are doing a family walking team for the first time this year, and are being joined by many of our friends. We now have 11 walkers registered!

In addition to putting a badge up on my personal and food blog, I put the word out on my facebook status giving people the personal link to my team so they can donate.

I also set up a pampered chef fundraiser. We’ll do a show in my home, but additionally there is an online show so that friends and family from all over the country can put in internet orders. Depending on how much we sell, we’ll get 20-30% of the cost donated to MOD. If you are interested in doing something similar, you can contact my Mother in Law and I’m sure she can help get you going: http://www.pamperedchef.biz/denysemcdonnell

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Comment by Danielle Boyson — March 25, 2010 @ 12:24 am

I have 8 month old twins girl/boy they were born at only 28 weeks (just a little over 2lbs.each). It was new and very scary experience for my family and I. The long days and nights in the NICU paid off and they are both very healthy and doing marvelous. I thank god for them everyday. I am walking because not every family is as fourtunate as mine, and I want all babies to be given a fair and proper chance at life, as well as keep pregnant mom as healthy as possible.

I could use any help and/or tips for leading a successful team, and reaching my teams goal.

Thanks you,
Team The Twins

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Comment by Nakia Nieves — March 30, 2010 @ 3:33 am

This is my first March for Babies. I am walking in memory of our son, Kristofer. He was born January 15, 2010 at 24 weeks and passed away February 15, 2010. He was such a beautiful boy and for 31 days he fought to stay alive. I want to help raise $$ so that we can find a cure for pre-term labor, so we can find a way to keep babies alive who are born prematurely and so that one day all babies are born healthy. Because every baby deserves a chance to Laugh…..a chance to Love…..a chance to Live!!
I want to start a team. I registered but I don’t know how to set up a fundraising page or a link to my team so they can donate. Can someone help me please.

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Comment by Jenny L. Tozzi — March 31, 2010 @ 2:14 am

I walk, not only because the Company I work for is a sponsor, but also because of personal experience. Although I have not “recently” experienced the horrors of what premature birth can present, I can tell you that it is not easily forgotten. I have seen the progress over the years, in two different experiences of my own, and in what I see even today (many years later), as a result of the research done to prevent prematurity. Just over 30 years ago I experienced a still birth at 7 months along. Several years later, I was pregnant with my son (now 25), and first went into labor at 6 1/2 mos. Thanks to advances in this field, the doctors were able to medicate me and stop the labor. While they had to do this a couple of times, and keep me on the medication and off my feet, they knew what to do this time. My baby was born with food allergies (which he has outgrown) and severe asthma. The struggles for the first year were enormous, but he made it, and so did we! Thanks to the advanced technology, of course due to research. Please join me in my quest to raise as much as possible for this worthy cause, and let’s stamp out prematurity altogether. If I make a difference in the life of just one baby and its family, I have been successful…..THANK YOU MARCH FOR BABIES! And thank you to each person that participates, whether walking or donating!

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Comment by Kristal — April 5, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

I am walking because I lost my daughter the day before my sons First Birthday at 27 weeks pregnant. The original dx at my 23rd week ultrasound was that my daughter would be born with downs and a heart condition( that neither runs in our families). After seeing 2 specialist at my 3rd ultrasound there was no heart beat. I had to be induced and deliever my daughter knowing i wasn’t going to hear her voice. Thru and atopsy it was discovered that my daughter had Turners Syndrome ( a chromasone defect)(which is is not in our family neither) We were in early 20s and perfectly healthy. I am walking becuase no woman/family should ever go thru that. I recently had a little girl who this will be her 2nd walk. I am blessed to have 2 now but the experience is something no one should have to deal with. Thank you to all who supports me and the cause.

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Comment by Brittne Gobble — April 6, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

I am walking in memory of my twins Addison Jewell and Grant Steven who were born at 23 weeks. It was devastating to hear that there was only so much the doctors could do for them. My life forever changed because of my twins premature birth and death. My twins were beautiful and their faces will always remain in my mind and in my heart. My hope is that through donations made to March of Dimes other families will not have to face a tragedy like I faced in November of 2008.

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Comment by savanna campbell — April 9, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

I love the thought of being able to prevent preterm labor and for babies to have a fighting chance. The march of dimes is a amazing charity and I would like to join the walk. I have a question about the fund raising part. Is there a set amount you have to earn to join the walk?, and if my whole family can join in the walk if there is a group amount to raise?

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Comment by Diane — April 10, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

I don’t have a personal story, my daughter was born healthy and full term in 2007, but I read all of your stories and experience and it truly touches my heart. This is my 2nd year walking and I will continue year after year because these babies deserve a healthy chance at life, because families shouldn’t have to suffer the loss of a child. One donation at a time we will fight premature birth and help these babies survive. It breaks my heart to see and hear your personal stories. I will walk for you and I will walk for your babies!!!
xoxo ~Diane

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Comment by jennifer ramos — March 27, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

Hi I’m doing the walk for the first time I have a baby boy who was born 3 months early I’m really thankful w the OU children’s hospital they did a great job while my baby was there and I wanted to know if any of my family can walk with me since I sign up or do they have to sign up too?

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