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27 Feb
Linda

Can We Fix It?

Posted by Linda

Yes we can! Yesterday, we kicked off March for Babies ’09 at the national office! Our “construction theme” was inspired by this Sunday’s very special edition of Extreme Makeover. It was also a wonderful excuse to wear checkered flannel.

 

We had a great time! Led by their team captains, departments faced off in skits and we heard some very creative, baby-inspired songs.

 

Things got a little emotional too, when two co-workers came up to share their stories. Mom-to-be Vicky got us all choked up talking about her “little nugget” and all those things a pregnant mom worries about – I remember all too well.

 

The tissues came out for real when Lori spoke about her adorable son Ethan who was born with a birth defect. It’s so powerful to hear these stories. You realize this is much more than just a job for the people who work at the March of Dimes.

 

If you’re walking with your company and haven’t had your kick-off yet, get involved! It’s a difficult year to raise money. But there are babies and families who are counting on us. A kick-off is the perfect way to motivate everyone. Get some friendly competition going between departments! Share your ’09 March for Babies goal with the team!

 

And don’t forget to let us know what you’re doing for your kick-off this year, or how it was!

24 Feb
Linda
Peter and Lane

Peter and Lane

With a 2-year-old who’s been staying up way too late, I don’t get to watch much TV. But here’s one show I always try to catch: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I love it and rarely keep it dry. And I don’t expect to do so this Sunday either.

 

The family that’s featured is one of our own: The Augustins from Keller, Texas. Their family team, Lane’s Light, is walking in March for Babies for the 5th time this year!

 

In 2004, Amber and Peter had two healthy children and a new baby on the way. Then, Lane arrived, too soon and too small. But he was a fighter, and after four weeks in the NICU, Lane came home.

 

Amber’s not just a mom, she’s also a talented photographer. During her time in the NICU, she noticed how few families were taking pictures. Yet, she also knew how important it is to have these lasting memories.

 

Amber started her own photo studio from her home: “Tiny Works of Heart.” In the NICU, she captures the first, and sometimes last moments of the tiniest babies. But a flood destroyed the family’s home and Amber’s studio, limiting her ability to help…

 

Move that bus!

Move that bus!

You guessed it, Ty and the crew go to Keller, just outside of Ft. Worth, to tear down Amber and Peter’s flood damaged house and build them a brand new dream home! Don’t miss it: ABC, March 1, 8-9 PM ET.

 

If you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, come to the special March for Babies viewing party at The Met Church. They’re expecting more than 1,500 March for Babies fans!

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