Saturday, July 28, 2007

March Of Dimes-WalkAmerica 2007

As I'm sure everyone has read, we are the ambassador family for our town. With that huge honor comes the responsibility to help raise money so the March of Dimes can continue their research, therefore continuing to save babies.

Did you know that premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and the biggest threat to babies health today. Prematurity can take a baby's life or compromise his or her health for a lifetime. It has reached an epidemic proportions in the U.S., endangering the lives of more than half a million babies each year. And that number is escalating.

Every year, more than 120,000 babies in the U.S. are born with birth defects. The causes of about 70 percent of these are unknown. To find answers, the March of Dimes invests millions of dollars annually to research to discover ways to prevent birth defects that can disable a child for a life time.

The March of Dimes supported advances in the treatment of premature babies, like surfactant therapy and specialized care in neonatal intensive care units(NICUs),have helped thousands of premature babies survive and thrive. Babies like Kolton and Karter who both received the life saving surfactant as well as spent 48 days in the NICU.

With that said, in the next 24 hours, more than 1,350 babies will be born too soon. Many will have to fight to survive. Some will die; others will face serious health problems like cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and mental retardation. With your support, there is hope for saving future babies from premature birth.

So you see it's important for continued funds for the March of Dimes. Now that my children are thriving and growing daily, it has become my new mission to educate those, who like me, may not know that this is going on. It is very real and very important. Important to those families that are listed on my sidebar, important to mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and grandparents. Important to those tiny little lives that lay in isoletts waiting to breath on their own, waiting to grow.

Our area will be having their walk on September 28th starting at 5:30pm. Come join us, meet us, see our boys, see what the March of Dimes helped to save. If you can't walk with us please donate, any amount is fine it all goes to save babies. I have set our goal at $1,ooo. I hope to exceed this. You can donate on line by clicking here or by clicking the sponsor me button on the top of my page. You can join our team to walk online as well. If you would like to donate the traditional way, by cash or check, let me know in the comments and I will get you my email or address or arrange to meet you somehow. I hope to see you all there!

1 comments:

MarchofDimesTeamYouth said...

Dear March of Dimes supporter,

Your help is needed!

You may have heard the news …WalkAmerica is now called March for Babies. Our new name makes it very clear who we’re walking for ― all babies.

Now we need your help in getting the word out. Whether it’s in a blog, an email to friends or by putting this badge on your website … every mention of our new name helps.

Visit our Web site at http://www.marchforbabies.org/SpreadtheWord for our new logo and other materials to help us spread the word.

While our event name is different, our mission remains the same. March of Dimes is still the champion for babies – raising funds needed for research and programs that make a difference in the lives of babies and their families.

We appreciate your ongoing support. Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at marchforbabies@marchofdimes.com if you have any questions about our new name or our event.

One day all babies will be born healthy, but we have to walk to get there.

Thank you,
March for Babies Team

March of Dimes Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605