we are getting ready to participate in the march of dimes march for babies walk here in los angeles a little later this week. this will be our fourth year walking in honor of our daughter, sofia, who died in utero and was stillborn at 22 weeks. you can read more about our sweet sofia here, here, and here. this year, we are also walking to honor the daughter of dear friends who was born with trisomy 13 and lived a miraculous 13 days. after such a deep heartbreak, you have to find ways to honor your angel. this is one way we choose to do that.
the march of dimes is an organization that works to reduce premature births and birth defects. they research. they educate. they raise money - since 1970, they have raised $2 billion dollars. they offer support to families during pregnancy and after their children are born. and so much more.
according to their website, in 2010 $27 million was given in grants to do further research in the fields of premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality - how these situations develop and how to prevent them.
they were also busy in 2010 with "advocacy efforts to make sure women and children have access to needed health care services; delivering culturally specific programs of education to moms-to-be; and helping health care providers and patients understand the consequences of early elective delivery and the importance of the last weeks of pregnancy" in addition to serving "80,000 families through nicu family support sites in more than 100 hospitals across the county, providing information and comfort.
pretty amazing right!? so...how can you help this amazing cause?
well, the quickest and easiest way would be to donate to our family team for this year's "march"! you can donate to either me or anthony and it all goes to help our team's efforts! super fast. super easy. SUPER awesome. so far with the help of our amazing family and friends and sponsorships from dr. david ghozland, md; the center for maternal fetal medicine - kevin justus, md and the enterprise fish company, we have already raised $600 this year! but we are still $200 shy of our goal...and with only 5 days to go! please consider donating to help us and to help millions of babies and their families!
another way to help is to sign up to walk with your family or friends and raise your own donations! here is a link for more information about upcoming walks!
or..even better. do you really feel like getting involved? the march of dimes has volunteer leader positions available too! here is a link for more info about volunteering for your local chapter!
|anthnony and i at our first walk - april 2009|
|our fam. nolan (2 months) looking up to our quilt square for sofia - april 2010|
|me and my boy (14 months) - april 2011|
|anthony and nolan 2011 - note...nolan could walk, but chose not to. ;)|
|our fam. 2011|