MARCH FOR BABIES: A MOTHER OF A MOVEMENT™


 

Tuscaloosa

Raised to date:
$43,563
Our goal: $55,000
 
The University of Alabama
Online , Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00 AM
 
Date: May 22, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM
Location:
Click on VISIT EXPERIENCE below for our fun virtual March for Babies experience!

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!

VISIT EXPERIENCE
 
 
 
 
ABOUT MARCH FOR BABIES

Join the movement!
This year, March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™ has a bold new vision. More than just a walk, it’s your entry into making a visible difference in your community now and for generations to come.
By participating in March for Babies, you’re lifting up communities for health equity, opening the door for all moms to have access to care and protecting the health of families by pushing for their rights. It’s no small feat—it’s a mother of a movement!
Start or join an existing team today, create an online fundraising page and let everyone know that you’re helping to make America a more equitable place and ensure that every mom and baby is healthy.

 

EXPERIENCE PROGRESS* $43,563 RAISED (As of Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021)

Raised: $43,563

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Stacy Jones
$3,360
2
Mary Foster
$1,371
3
Teresha Jones-Hamilton
$1,311
4
Elise Chandler
$1,235
5
Area Five
$1,191
Top family teams
 
1
#AllInForAngie
$1,336
2
Julians Friends
$400
3
Britany's HOPE for ALL babies
$160
Company, School & Org Teams
 
1
Zeta Phi Beta - Beta Eta Zeta
$7,061
2
Alpha Phi Alpha - Delta Phi Lambda Chapter
$2,072
3
DCH Strollers
$1,441
4
Phi Beta Sigma - Eta Mu Sigma
$1,223
5
Alpha Phi Alpha - Epsilon Delta Lambda
$1,030
 
 
*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!
 
 
TOP FUNDRAISERS WHO INSPIRE
2021 MARCH FOR BABIES TOP FUNDRAISERS
Congratulations to our Circle of Champions: those who raised $1,000 or more on their personal page. They’re taking action for all families by raising critical funds for March of Dimes. Thank you!

$1,000 - $4,999

 

$5,000 - $9,999

 

$10,000 and up

 

Our Ambassador

 

 

Jones Hamilton Family

My family and I are elated to serve as the 2021 Tuscaloosa March for Babies Ambassador Family. I was a teenage mother, so my first experience with motherhood was an unexpected one. In spite of the timing, I had a very healthy pregnancy and experienced a healthy birth of a beautiful baby girl. Almost twenty years later in 2015, I was engaged and I knew that I wanted more children. Upon speaking with my current OBGYN, he confirmed that I had several fibroids that would need to be removed. He recommended that I visit ART Fertility in Birmingham to have this procedure done by a specialist. In February, I had a procedure done to see how the fibroids had affected my uterus and it was then that we discovered that my fallopian tubes were basically buried under the fibroids. The doctor suspected that I had around ten fibroids, and we scheduled a myomectomy for March 6th. I awoke from surgery to find out that I had 39 fibroids removed. Being able to conceive after such an extensive surgery was nothing short of a miracle. Almost a year later and after a round of Clomid to assist me in getting pregnant this go around, I found out I was carrying my miracle baby Angela in February of 2016. I was having a perfectly healthy pregnancy until my water broke at 26 weeks and 4 days while I was at a luncheon in the same church where I had gotten married a year before. When I arrived at OBGYN-South at Brookwood Medical Center with my oldest daughter and my mom, I was rushed back and examined. My doctor looked at me and said, “Do you know who is in control?” With tears streaming down my face, I said, “Yes”. He then confirmed that I had a condition formally known as PPROM, Preterm Premature Rupture of the Membranes and that I would not leave the hospital until I gave birth. I received two rescue shots of steroids in preparation for Angela to make an early debut. The doctors told me to try to make it through the next 48 hours. Well, 48 hours turned into my 7-week journey of hospital bedrest and constant monitoring and ultrasounds. Although I had minimal amniotic fluid, Angela was still able to fetal breathe because a sac of fluid stayed around her nose. The doctors said our goal was to get to September 25, which would have been 34 weeks. On the morning of September 21st, after being routinely monitored, Angela suddenly disappeared from the monitor and a sonogram revealed that her heartrate had dropped to 70. At 33 weeks and 3 days, I had to have an emergency C-section. While three nurses were moving quickly and wheeling my hospital bed down to the operating room, I was calling and texting my family. They were trying their best to get to the hospital from Tuscaloosa, but it would only be me, Angela, and the medical staff that I entrusted with our lives. I kept repeating the Lord’s Prayer and Psalms 23 over and over again to remain calm. Angela was born weighing 4lbs and 13oz. I’ve always said she is my Philippians 4:13 baby. When she was initially born, I didn’t hear a cry. It was eerily quiet and I asked, “What’s going on?” Angela had stopped breathing. She was receiving infant CPR, was resuscitated, and then put on a ventilator. It wasn’t until her 5th day in the world that I could hold her. We spent 28 days in the NICU, but had spent a total of 77 days in the hospital. By the grace of God, Angela did not have to come home on any oxygen support. She does have some developmental delays due to her restricted movement in the womb and PVL, or Periventricular Leukomalacia, because of a lack of oxygen at birth. She has since received a mild CP diagnosis. After almost a year, we were finally able to get her the therapy she needed through Early Intervention with Community Service Programs of West Alabama. She currently receives school-based physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy through RISE. We have also done swimming and we have recently added equine therapy through T.R.O.T., or Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa, which has been a wonderful experience. My family has been instrumental in Angela’s progress. Her older sister Aerial has been her personal therapist at home, my backbone, and one of Angela’s biggest supporters. In 2019, I welcomed another beautiful daughter Adalyn and had a very healthy pregnancy. Adalyn is also pushing Angela toward greatness and is truly her sister’s keeper. Angela is thriving and we are so grateful for her progress! She is such a blessing to all who know her. Please walk with Team #ALLInForAngie and raise money by donating to this worthy cause. The funds I raise for March of Dimes will support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy that truly make a difference to families in our community and across the country.

 

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