MARCH FOR BABIES: A MOTHER OF A MOVEMENT™


 

Central/Southern West Virginia

Raised to date
$52,841
Our goal $100,000
 
State Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Boulevard , Charleston, WV 25304
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:00 AM
 
Date: April 28, 2018
Event Time: 10:00 AM
Registration Time: 9:00AM
Location:
1900 Kanawha Boulevard , Charleston, WV 25304
State Capitol Complex

Important Update

Our March for Babies celebration is still on, but it looks a little different! We are rapidly preparing for a new, virtualized event that will be fun and engaging for everyone. This change in format aligns with the newly released CDC guidance for large events, to help ensure the safety and health of our participants. More details on our new format to come soon!

 
 
 
 
ABOUT MARCH FOR BABIES

Can't make it April 28? Walk with us at the March for Babies walks in Beckley and Parkersburg as part of the Central/Southern WV March for Babies! Walks will be held at the following locations:

Beckley March for Babies | Saturday, May 19 at Daniel Vineyards in Crab Orchard, WV | Registration at 9 a.m. Walk starts at 10 a.m.


Greater Parkersburg March for Babies | Saturday, June 2 at Fort Boreman Park in Parkersburg, WV | Registration is at 9 a.m. Walk starts at 10 a.m.


Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year, and each one needs us. The money you raise will be a lifeline for moms and babies near you and across the country. Join us in support of moms at every stage from preconception to post-delivery with research, programs and education—and it all comes together with a celebration at March for Babies. For more information, contact Mikaela Speciale at 304-410-6172 or at [email protected].

 

EXPERIENCE PROGRESS* $52,841 RAISED (As of Tuesday, Apr 16, 2024)

Raised: $52,841

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Lesley McCallister
$5,896
2
Amber Stover
$3,030
3
Kimberly White
$2,799
4
Laura White
$2,304
5
Robin Menninger
$2,245
Top family teams
 
1
Will's Way-In memory of William Andrew McCallister
$6,051
2
Ryker's Command
$4,881
3
Team_Olivia
$3,648
4
Harmony's Breath
$3,220
5
Multiple Miracles - The Whites
$3,119
Company, School & Org
 
1
AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER - WV
$2,050
2
United Bank*WV
$1,180
3
CAMC NICU
$860
4
CITY NATIONAL BANK
$141
 
*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

 

 

The White Family

Our journey to starting our family began in the spring of 2015. We had become pregnant very easily, but I immediately started having complications and showing signs of an early miscarriage. While we leaned on each other and God for support, our precious baby went back to heaven within a few weeks. Throughout the tears and heartache, we continued to hold on to our faith and both wished to try again for another baby. However, this time it wasn't so easy. It took longer, lots of medication, the help of a fertility specialist, and lots of prayers. The emotional roller coaster was exhausting. Then in November 2016, our prayers were answered. We were pregnant again! So many emotions overwhelmed us – excitement, anxiety, and fear of another miscarriage. Overall, we were having a normal and healthy pregnancy. We were so excited to start shopping and planning for our baby girl. As I was nearing the end of my second trimester, my blood pressure began increasing and I had to start taking medicine. As a previous Labor and Delivery nurse, I knew the signs and symptoms to look for and when to call my OB. Looking back, however, I ignored most of these symptoms. As most nurses know, we are the worst patients! Luckily, my husband, Jeremy, kept a close eye on my blood pressure at home and remained in contact with my OB. Jeremy finally talked me into going to the hospital. Within an hour of being hooked up to the monitor and being evaluated, we were told we might have our baby that night. We were quickly moved to a room on Labor and Delivery, and Dr. Lowery from the NICU prepared us to deliver a 30-week baby. I was so scared. Jeremy kept me grounded and helped me to keep leaning on God. I was able to hold off on delivering almost 48 hours in order to get the steroids for Olivia’s lungs. At that point, it was no longer safe for me to continue to carry the baby, and I was prepped for surgery. Our little 2lb 14oz baby girl came out screaming and crying. She was so tiny and so blue! The nursing staff briefly brought her over so we could meet our daughter, but she was quickly taken to the NICU for closer monitoring. Jeremy was later able to visit her in the NICU, while I remained on bedrest in my room. Jeremy said it was love at first sight. He never wanted to leave her side. The next day, I was able to visit Olivia in the NICU. It was very tough seeing her hooked up to so many lines and tubes. She was so petite but so perfect. The NICU staff was wonderful at keeping us informed on her daily progress. Every little goal she met was a huge celebration for us. After six weeks, we were able to bring our daughter home. She continues to do great at home and receives in-home therapy to help her catch up on her milestones. During Olivia’s stay in the NICU, we loved attending the March of Dimes activities. They provide an amazing service to NICU families and we are thankful for the work they do. We are honored to have been selected as the 2018 Charleston March of Dimes Ambassador Family and are looking forward to being part of the March for Babies walk this year.


Rewards

 
$100
- Early Bird! raise $100 online by Feb 28 and receive a picture frame magnet
$100
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
$250
- March for Babies fashion tote OR leather journal + event t-shirt
$500
- March for Babies computer backpack OR picnic blanket tote + event t-shirt
$500
- Personalized "Why I Walk" sign displayed on the walk route
$1,000
- Champion for Babies hat + round beach towel OR yoga mat + event t-shirt
$2,500
- Champion for Babies hat + Igloo Cooler OR terri hoodie + event t-shirt
$5,000
- Champion for Babies hat + travel duffel OR insulated jacket + event t-shirt
$10,000
- Champion for Babies hat + sport couch OR Under Armour jacket + event t-shirt
 

 
RESOURCES
Donation Form
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Team Captain Handbook
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Sample Emails and Voicemails
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Sample Speaking Points
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Social Media Messages
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NATIONAL PARTNERS

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