Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


 

Pittsburgh

Raised to date:
$438,415
Our goal: $573,000
 
Heinz Field
100 Art Rooney Avenue , Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017 9:30 AM
 
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Registration: 8:30AM  |  Start: 9:30 AM
Walk distance: 3.1 miles
Heinz Field
100 Art Rooney Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
 
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We're getting ready to walk in March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There'll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it's a great feeling knowing we're all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies right here in our community!
 

Event progress* *(As of Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017)

 
Top non-family teams
 
1
Cigna - Pittsburgh
$9,785
2
MWH NICU
$6,538
3
UPMC Member Services
$6,343
Top family teams
 
1
#viviestrong
$8,533
2
Ethan & Casey's Team
$7,102
3
Rose's Garden
$6,877
Top fundraisers
 
1
Erin Hart
$7,102
2
Maris Bondi
$6,635
3
Kathy Kitterman
$5,814
 
*The total amount displayed reflects the amount on the team or personal fundraising progress bar. If the progress bar is not displayed on the team or personal page, the team/person won't be displayed on the leaderboard. Leaderboard totals reflect cash and checks marked "received" on the online sponsor form as well as credit card and PayPal donations. Team captains can enter as cash and mark "received" any money raised through promotions, such as bake sales and casual days and any sponsorship money paid to the March of Dimes, on their team's online form. Record all donations on your online sponsor form before you turn in cash and checks to the March of Dimes!
 

Our ambassador

 
 
 

Abigail Fagersten

 
In 2005, Patrick and Ellen were eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child. Ellen’s pregnancy appeared to be progressing normally, until, at 29 weeks, Abigail, was born 11 weeks early, weighing just 2 pounds, 9 ounces. Ellen suffered from preeclampsia, which she feels played a large part of Abigail’s premature birth. While in the hospital, Abigail received two rounds of surfactant therapy and was thought to have a 50% chance of a physical disability and a 75% chance of a learning disability. It was a difficult time for the new family. Spending time in the NICU can be frightening and overwhelming for parents, especially when they must go home each night and leave their precious baby behind. Premature babies are not just small babies. They are babies who are not ready to be born, and they require specialized care to help them thrive. March of Dimes funded the research on surfactant therapy and nitric oxide, two applications that help underdeveloped lungs of preterm babies to breathe easier. Since the development of these two therapies, two-thirds of the babies would have died from respiratory distress syndrome now survive their early birth. After 7 weeks in the NICU, Abigail was finally able to come home. Today, she is 11 years-old and loves to swim and play field hockey. She is outgoing and does well in school. Like Abigail, about 380,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive an early birth often face an increased risk of a lifetime of health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the causes of premature birth and providing comfort and information to families. Abigail’s parents, Patrick and Ellen know the significant role that March of Dimes research played in helping Abigail get this far. As the 2017 Pittsburgh Ambassador Family they will share their story and help raise awareness of premature birth. They hope their story can provide hope for other families and help the March of Dimes to reach the day when all babies are born strong and healthy.

Incentives

 
$50
- Early Bird! $50 online by 2/28/17
$100
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
$250
- March of Dimes tumbler or carry all tote + event t-shirt
$500
- March of Dimes cooler or hooded t-shirt + event t-shirt
$1,000
- Champion for Babies hat + 1/4 zip pullover OR polo + event t-shirt
$2,500
- Champion for Babies hat + backpack OR rain jacket + event t-shirt
$5,000
- Champion for Babies hat + sports chair OR jacket + event t-shirt
$10,000
- Champion for Babies hat + rolling suitcase OR wagon + event t-shirt
 
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Thank you to our national sponsors

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Thank you to our local sponsors

Platinum
UPMC Health Plan
Peoples
Gold
Philips
Gateway Health
naviHealth
Silver
FedEx
DST Health Solutions
PNC
IDI Consulting
Bronze
Allegheny Health Network
Magellan Health
Media
Pittsburgh CW
CBS Pittsburgh
100.7 Star
KDKA News Radio
Y108 Pittsburgh
93.7 The Fan