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Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


Greater Birmingham

Raised to date:
Our goal: $700,000
Railroad Park
1600 1st Avenue South , Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 9:15 AM
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Registration: 8:00AM  |  Start: 9:15 AM
Walk distance: 2 miles
Railroad Park
1600 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year, approximately 60,000 in Alabama, and each one of them needs us. The money you will raise will be a lifeline for moms and babies near you and across the country. Join more than 4,000 people at Railroad Park to walk 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 in Birmingham on April 28th, 2018. This event is chaired by Mr. John Trawick, CEO of Southern Power, and presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.


NEW LOCATION IN 2018! March with us because every baby deserves the best possible start. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight premature birth, birth defects and infant loss. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you! March for Babies is a day for everyone. Together we hope, remember and celebrate at our walk sites nationwide. When you participate in March for Babies, you're raising critical funds to help tackle the biggest health threats to moms and babies. On Saturday, April 28, 2018, approximately 4,000 individuals will come together at Railroad Park in Birmingham to support the March of Dimes. Our goal is to raise $700,000 for a healthier future for babies. Festival Area and Donation Turn-in open 8:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. – Superhero Sprint, sponsored by Publix Super Markets, Inc. begins at 9:00 a.m. (for kids ages 1 - 10) - Walk begins at 9:15 a.m. – Festival activities and award announcements continue until close at 11:30 a.m. We can't wait to see you there!


EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $433,703 *(As of Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018)

Raised: $433,703

Top fundraisers
Elizabeth Macklem
Cherie Dortch
Jill Taylor
Top family teams
Macklem Miracles
Will Strong
Team Lima
Top non-family teams
*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 Broome Family

Jace David Broome was due to arrive on June 5, 2016. As of early February 2016, Katie's pregnancy was progressing like it should for a 24-year old, and everything was normal at her 20-week ultrasound. At exactly 24 weeks, on Valentine’s Day, Katie started experiencing discomfort that only got worse. Katie called the on-call doctor who advised them to come on in to be evaluated. Katie & Justin arrived at the hospital around 10:30 pm, 3 hours after her labor started. After the nurse did routine checking, she discovered that Katie was fully dilated at 10cm and could feel Jace’s back. At this point, Katie was rushed to the Operating Room to have an emergency C-section. Jace David Broome was born at 12:04 am weighing 1lb. 5oz. This started their 402 day hospital stay. Jace spent three and a half months at the Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, where he was born, before he was transferred to Children’s of Alabama. Katie, Jace's mom, held him for the first time on March 14, 2016. The family stayed at the hospital late that night just so she could hold him. Jace had a fairly uneventful stay at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, and Katie went back to work as soon as she could so she could have time off for when he came home. Jace failed extubation 5 times during his stay and needed to be transferred to Children’s of Alabama to have an airway evaluation. Things were more complicated once the family arrive at Children’s. Four days after moving to Children’s, Jace was taken to the Operating Room to have a tracheostomy evaluation. We were told he did not need a trach. He remained on the ventilator until July when they were able to put him on high flow nasal canula. The end of July, Jace was having a hard time breathing again and had to be intubated again. On, September 3rd he went to the Operating Room to have another tracheostomy evaluation and came out with a trach. Recovery from the surgery took a few weeks. November came around and the family was able to talk about going home. Katie had to quit her job in preparation to be a full time caregiver to Jace. Right before Thanksgiving, he came down with the common cold. Thanksgiving through Christmas was rough. He was the sickest he had ever been. He developed Pulmonary Hypertension. This put stress on his heart, causing him to need nitric oxide. The doctor came in and told us he would either get better or get worse and they were doing all that they could. Thankfully he got better and had a good Christmas. The new year rolled around and Katie & Justin were determined to get Jace home before his first birthday (in February). Once again, they were able to start talking about going home. Jace was weaned off of the ventilator and given multiple rounds of steroids to get his oxygen requirement down. Katie met with the doctor on Monday, January 23rd and was prepared to be told they would be discharged soon. Her world came crashing down when he told me we would be here several more months. Katie then knew there was something else that could be done and requested he be put back on a ventilator at night and to meet with the pulmonary team. The following Wednesday, the pulmonologist came to meet with the family and the decision was made for Jace to be on a home ventilator at night while he sleeps. He told the family it could still be months before they would move from the NICU to Pulmonary. The following Monday, February 2nd, Jace moved to Pulmonary. The staff got his settings just right and they began their extensive 3 week training to bring our baby home. On March 23rd, Jace went home after 402 long days.


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

Thank you to our National Sponsors

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Thank you to our local sponsors






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