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5 Apr
Linda

March for Babies in Japan

Posted by Linda

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Matthew Molloy asks the crowd if they still want hold the March for Babies, despite the rain on Kadena Air Base, March 31, 2012. The march supported March of Dimes, which is an organization that helps raise money for infants and their mothers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke P. Beers/Released)

March for Babies walks are already taking place, some as far as Japan!

At Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, despite a seemingly torrential rainstorm, more than 400 airmen and their families showed up to walk in March for Babies. Together they raised a record breaking $50,000 for the March of Dimes.

This is just the second year the event is conducted at a location outside the United States. With persistence, event organizers Tracy Mueller and Kimberly Spath brought the March for Dimes event to Okinawa.

Why go through all that trouble? Brig. Gen. Matthew Molloy (pictured talking to the crowd), 18th Wing commander explains: “It’s investing in our future and that’s why this is important.”

Highlighting that importance at the event was a “Wall of Honor” that displayed photos of the many babies of service members and families the March of Dimes has helped in the past.

Some people chose to march to show their support; others had reasons that hit closer to home. “I’m a labor and delivery nurse, and I see what happens when babies are born prematurely,” Mueller said. Mueller also marches for another reason; her sister lost a child after being born at 27 weeks. Her family made their own March for Babies team, Avery’s Angels.

“It didn’t make much sense to fly back to the states to walk with them, so I decided I would donate money and walk the same day they were, but then more and more friends wanted to do it so I contacted March for Dimes to see what I needed to do,” she said.

Mueller explained that she is very thankful for the amount of support poured out for the march. “We are very grateful for people donating their time and money, and for sharing their personal stories,” she said. “We are excited about breaking this year’s record with next year’s march, and for the chance to save more babies.”

To our airmen in Japan, thank you for your service – and for helping babies!

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