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15 May
Kerri and Maggie with DC March for Babies leaders

Kerri and Maggie with DC March for Babies leaders

The Washington Monument in the background, families and friends gathered and the sun shining – combined, these pieces make for a perfect March for Babies day! The DC event was a great success, with local residents showing up in full force to walk around our Nation’s Capitol so that one day every baby is born healthy.

As you avid readers know, Kerri Strug came out to the event and was able to spend some time with our top youth walker in the area, Maggie. Kerri got a few fundraising tips from superstar Maggie. And Maggie, who hadn’t reached her goal yet, sent another ask with photos from her day at March for Babies and hit her goal, raising $3015!

From family teams to high school volunteers to some of our favorite athletes including Kerri and Brian Mitchell, the day was all about people coming together to support the March of Dimes and healthy babies. I had a fabulous time at my 11th March for Babies, and I hope you did too! Tell us all about it.

And if you happen to be walking in San Antonio this weekend, keep your eyes out for American Idol former contestant and local Team Youth Ambassador Haley Scarnato. She’ll be making an appearance at the San Antonio March for Babies!

18 Feb
Kerri & Catharine, our 2008 Ntional Ambassador

Kerri & Catharine, the 2008 National Ambassador

Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Strug, friend of the March of Dimes, knows how important our mission to help babies and families is. So this year she has started Team Kerri Strug to get everyone involved in the March for Babies! You can check out her personal fundraising page and her team page.

I still remember when Kerri won the Gold in 1996, and I remember hearing her speak for the first time at a March of Dimes conference in 2000 – I have the photo of her and I on the wall in front of me right now!

Last summer Kerri returned to Atlanta, site of the 1996 Summer games, on a special mission to deliver new baby clothes donated for families at the Special Care Nursery at Atlanta Medical Center – a place where many of the tiniest, most fragile babies fight to survive.  High school and college volunteers who were part of the 2008 March of Dimes National Youth Leadership Conference at Georgia Tech collected the baby clothes as part of a national community service project.

Kerri went on a tour of the local NICU with some of these students, and saw firsthand the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program and the efforts made to help these families and tiny babies.  Have you ever been on a NICU tour? Those families and babies are brave! And so are you, raising money and walking to get to the day when every baby is born healthy.

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