march for babies blog
It’s that time of year again – it’s March for Babies season! We all love walking for babies, but sometimes the hardest thing is kicking off your team’s fundraising. One of the easiest ways to do it is to donate to yourself when you register! It shows your family and friends that you believe in the cause you’re fundraising for and it feels great to see the first donation on your personal fundraising dashboard!
This year, we’ve made it even easier to donate to your own team – as soon as you register, a pop-up will appear prompting you to make a donation to yourself! Whether it’s just $10, $15, or $20 – you can jump-start your fundraising and feel great! The earlier you start, the more time you have to fundraise! So don’t delay – register today and kick off your fundraising that helps moms and babies through education and research!
My brother and his wife were awaiting the birth of their first child. But, very suddenly, there were complications. When I received a call telling me that I had a 2 lb., 6 oz. baby niece, my joy was hand in hand with fear. And it broke my heart that my sister-in-law felt no joy at all. I will never forget opening the door to her hospital room and seeing her lying in the dark — overcome with disappointment and feelings of failure. My brother and I stared into the incubator at this tiny girl who wasn’t quite ready to come into this world. What should have been the happiest day of their lives was the beginning of an anxiety-filled journey.
The first sign of heightened hope…she was breathing on her own!!
In the ongoing days and weeks, the situation — and emotions — began to brighten. There is no way to express how grateful they were for the caring hands and expertise of the NICU staff. How grateful they were for the guidance, comfort and support they received. How grateful they were when, five weeks later, they were able to take their little girl home! During that challenging time period, they weren’t aware of the ways in which the work of the March of Dimes helped their daughter. But they are now…and will never forget it. My niece grew slowly, but surely; had no subsequent health issues; and is now a beautiful young woman.
For every expectant couple, no truer words were ever spoken: “As long as our baby is healthy…”
Nearly half a million babies are born too soon each year. Each one of them needs our help.
REGISTER now for March for Babies, and if you can’t walk with us, please DONATE.
Have you taken a moment to register for March for Babies? Because your support is so vital to babies and moms, we’ve made signing up a cinch! All you have to do is follow the EASY STEPS in this video to register and get your fundraising going.
It’s never too soon to begin, because babies are being born every day, and they all deserve the healthiest start possible. The money you raise supports programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies; research to find the causes and preventions for premature birth; and lifesaving treatments for babies born too soon.
REGISTER now and help make a big difference in the lives of the tiniest babies. Did I mention it was EASY?
As I gear up for March for Babies and start asking for donations, it helps me to keep the WHY at the top of my mind. Life gets busy. My schedule gets hectic. But what keeps me energized and motivated is remembering the reasons why I can never stop reaching out for funds.
…every year more than a half million babies are born too soon.
…prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death.
…babies born just a few weeks early can have serious health problems and lifelong challenges.
I know that the money I raise will help moms carry their babies for at least 39 weeks — and carry them home!
I’ve already registered, created my emails and made a donation (putting my money where my heart is!) to show my potential donors how much this means to me. I’ve also raised my goal to raise hopes for babies and moms everywhere! Healthy babies are the greatest gifts of all. I give thanks every single day for my two children, and it spurs me on to help give this gift to every expectant mom. If you haven’t registered, please do. And always remember the WHY, because babies will always need us.
Get a jump on your New Year’s Resolutions by signing up for your March for Babies 2011 walk!
Did you walk last year? Just sign in and reactivate your account.
New to March for Babies? Get started by finding a walk near you!
When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $1.8 billion to benefit all babies.