march for babies blog

20 Jan

Families, Are You Inspired?

Posted by Volunteers

Now we all know that our Family Teams are already inspired but after today’s revitalizing inauguration and yesterday honoring of Martin Luther King Jr., seems we are all just a bit more motivated, just a bit more excited and ready to focus on service as we’ve been asked to do.


What better way to serve than to help babies be born healthy, to honor and appreciate our babies that have worked so hard to survive and to remember those babies who weren’t strong enough. To all of you who make up our Family Teams, we thank you for your dedication as we respectfully encourage you to take that extra step in 2009, ask that extra friend or colleague for a donation, recruit that extra family member to walk with you and all of us to raise that extra dollar to help give every baby a healthy start in life.


It is up to us to ensure that our babies of today can thrive and prosper as they should. Together, with your help, tomorrow’s babies will walk along with us and succeed.


Let us know what exciting things you and your team are doing to carry out this call to service – what you are doing that is making your Family Team even stronger and better.


Families, Are You Inspired?

Comment by Tiffany — January 22, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

I was inspired to start a team for the March of Dimes when my third child was born premature. I never had any problems with my other two children (they are both boys) but when I was in my 5th month of pregnancy with my third child (a girl) I started having signs of early labor. The doctors were able to put off my labor until I was 7 months. Paige was born 2 months early, she is ok now and is home with us however we do not know if in the long run she will have any problems. She just turned 2 months old and we pray every day for her health. The doctors have no idea why she was early and where we live there are not many doctors who know about premature babies, so her doctor has to consult other doctors regarding problems she does have with her health.

Families, Are You Inspired?

Comment by kelly harrison — January 25, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

My first son was born 2 months prematurely due to severe pregnancy complications. He was so small and we were unsure if he would have any lasting effects from the stress he endured. He did have good doctors, but they mostly just watched as he grew and developed all on his own. Today he is almost 5 years old, loves preschool and his friends, and is just like any other kid his age. We will always have the vivid memories of him, so small and delicate, but our experience has taught us that babies are so very strong and resilient. Just have faith that she will do amazing things, and before you know it she will be just like all other kids her age. Congratulations and good luck with your baby girl!

Families, Are You Inspired?

Comment by maggie manning — January 26, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

My daughter was born at 32 weeks weighing only 1 lb 11 ozs. The doctors gave us little hope of survival as she had a heart murmur, a micro colon, underdeveloped lungs, and liver disease. The doctors and the nurses were great and after 119 days my baby came home. We know that we will face problems later on but we are so fortunate to have her with us and thank god for her everyday. That is why My family is walking.

Families, Are You Inspired?

Comment by Deidre — January 26, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

My first daughter Savannah was emergency C-section @ 32 weeks weighting 2 pounds and after 9 days she earned her wings and went to heaven. I walk every year in memory of her. This will be my 5th year walking. I now have a two year old Miranda which was a high risk pregnany which she is just fine and this is why I walk in memory of Savannah Marie.

Families, Are You Inspired?

Comment by Terry — January 28, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

This will be my fist year walking. I lost my son at 19 weeks on December 13, 2008 he was born still. And my youngest sister lost her son on July 11,2008 after a long 6 month battle after he was born at 28 weeks with lung problems and a skin disorder called EB. We walk this year in Memory of Gabriel Evan Julien who got his wings on December 13, 2008 and Kevin Charles Yeager Jr (Kevie) on July 11, 2008. We our a family team be my best friend Brigitte her 2 daughters Sierra and Micaela and 2 of my children Faith and Caleb. We are hoping more family and friends will join us in the walk or sposor us for such a great cause.

Families, Are You Inspired?

Comment by Nikki — February 1, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

This will be our second year walking. This year we decided to do a family team so all money we raise will be donated in our son, Connor’s name. He was born at 32 weeks by emergency c-section due to Preeclampsia. Today hes a healthy, walking, talking, 13 month old little man. I dont worry about what tomorrow may bring, as long as he’s here with me today. He is my inspiration and why I have dedicated myself to this wonderful cause!! Walk on mamas!!

Families, Are You Inspired?

Comment by Jill — February 4, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

We walk for team Manners, Our family. My daughter was born at 24 weeks. She was 1 pound 6 ounces. Today she is 3yrs old beautiful, vibrant and is doing great. We want to give back for all we have received in our daughter. With out the March of Dimes research and advancements she may not be with us today. I also have a personal mission to get the word out to those who are in need of support for themselves and families who are going through those difficult moments with their baby. At our most difficult times we did not know of all the MOD had to offer for support, like their web site here….
This is our 3rd year walking and raising money and this year we are the Ambassador Family for the Stillwater walk. We are very excited to be a part of such a wonderful cause!

Families, Are You Inspired?

Comment by Brandi — February 23, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

I was inspired to be apart of this Organization my Son Bradley Allen passed away on April 23rd 2007.. it’s been almost two years.. and i still have my bad days… but being involved preventing even one more mother to have to lose a child is So wonderful to me! i havent had any other children since the loss of my son but im still young.. and one day i’ll be the perfect mother to another beautiful child.. But Every year i plan on walking and raising as much money as possable with many of my supportive family members and friends!

Families, Are You Inspired?

Comment by Linda Bailey — March 28, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

My twin daughters Madison and Kaitlyn were born at 24 weeks gestation at 1 lb 3 oz and 1 lb 6oz respectively. Despite our most desperate prayers, our baby girl Madison flew on angel’s wings to heaven the next day. She left her strength to her sister Kaitlyn who spent the next four months in the NICU before coming home with us. Madison is our angel in heaven and Kaitlyn is our angel on earth. We walk in honor and appreciation for what the March of Dimes has done to help save Kaitlyn’s life and we walk in memory of sweet Madison and all of the other angel babies missing from their mother’s arms. We walk so that maybe one day no other family will have to walk even a day in our shoes. We walk so that others won’t have to.


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