MARCH FOR BABIES: A MOTHER OF A MOVEMENT™


 

Greenville SC

Raised to date
$137,609
Our goal $750,000
 
Unity Park
320 S Hudson Street , Greenville, SC 29601
Date: Friday, April 26, 2024 6:30 PM
 
Date: April 26, 2024
Event Time: 06:30 PM
Registration Time: 5:00PM
Location:
320 S Hudson Street , Greenville, SC 29601
Unity Park

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

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.

 
ABOUT THE LOCAL EVENT

Join us RAIN OR SHINE Friday, April 26th at beautiful Unity Park!
The event will open up at 5 PM for registration, Super Hero Sprint at 6:15 PM, Opening Ceremony at 6:30 PM, and walkers heading out on the beautiful Swamp Rabbit Trail right after!


Enjoy a night of free family fun with food provided by the Spinx Cluk Truk, drinks provided by Pepsi of Greenville, kids activities, Brooks Dixon Band, and more! We can't wait to celebrate the impact that the Greenville community has made already for moms and babies. For questions about event logistics, please contact Lindsay Bachman at 864-393-6013 or [email protected]
 

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FREE UNITY PARK "PARK & WALK" PARKING LOTS:


Park and Shuttle to Event options (available AFTER 5:30PM)
First Citizen's Bank- 325 West McBee Avenue, Greenville, South Carolina 29601
- Downtown Presbyterian Church- 435 W. Washington St Greenville, SC 29601

ADDITIONAL PARKING OPTIONS:

 

EXPERIENCE PROGRESS* $137,609 RAISED (As of Thursday, May 23, 2024)

Raised: $137,609

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Katie Peden
$4,549
2
Laura Goodwin
$3,310
3
Austin Taylor
$3,101
4
Eleanor Cartwright
$2,320
5
Jennifer Mazza
$1,556
Top family teams
 
1
Emmies Entourage
$4,985
2
Peden Family
$4,549
3
June and Dexie's Midnight Runners
$3,310
4
Austin Taylor: Marching for Babies
$3,183
5
The Cartwright Family
$2,691
Company, School & Org
 
1
GREENVILLE HEALTH SYSTEM - MEMORIAL
$12,753
2
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY - SC
$6,123
3
UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC
$3,775
4
United Community Bank
$2,260
5
South State Bank- Greenville
$2,250
 
 
*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!
 

Meet Our 2024 Ambassador Family

 

 

The Chester Family

The Chester Family is a March of Dimes family. Charlotte Chester was born prematurely at 33 weeks on February 8, 2022. This came as a surprise, as her due date coincided with Sam's birthday on March 29. Placenta Previa, a condition diagnosed early in the pregnancy due to bleeding, added complexity. While this condition is relatively rare, occurring in 1 out of 200 pregnancies, Kristin had experienced it with their first child, Grayson, without complications. However, the severity of Charlotte's case became apparent when Kristin had a significant bleed at only 25 weeks gestation. This led to a high-risk pregnancy with discussions of potential complications such as placental abruption and the need for a hysterectomy. Hospitalization became necessary after multiple significant bleeds, with the possibility of being admitted until delivery looming over me. Despite spending two weeks in the hospital, Kristin longed to be home, especially during the holiday season, away from her two-year-old son due to COVID protocols. Sam did his best to split his time and make the season magical, but it was a trying time for all. Eventually, Kristin was discharged with a stern warning from my doctor about the likelihood of further bleeding episodes. Charlotte's birth unfolded suddenly as Kristin experienced another hemorrhage while at the grocery store. Kristin was rushed to the hospital, where an emergency C-section was performed. Sadly Sam was not present due to timing and COVID restrictions. Charlotte arrived swiftly, but the experience was fraught with fear and uncertainty. Sam's arrival during the surgery brought a moment of joy as he revealed Charlotte's gender – a beautiful baby girl. However, the typical moments of bonding after birth were replaced by worry and concern as Charlotte was whisked away to the NICU. Kristin lost a significant amount of blood during the ordeal and faced a lengthy recovery period. The experience was harrowing, but Charlotte's resilience brought a glimmer of hope amidst the fear. The March of Dimes was there for them in ways they did not expect. "When we first entered the NICU to see Charlotte for the first time, a beautiful “Charlotte” banner and a goody bag were hanging in her room, all provided by March of Dimes," the Chester Family shares. "Inside the bag was a NICU onesie, a book, and a NICU care package with gift cards for food and coffee, crossword puzzles, and a few toiletries. Inside the care package was a note of encouragement from a fellow NICU mom who understood our struggles and fears. We continued to receive resources and information packets on how to care for our preemie baby- including what to do when we take our baby home. Charlotte was still in the NICU on Valentine's Day and received the cutest book and onesie to celebrate her first holiday. March of Dimes provided us with resources, encouragement, and a little joy during our darkest and scariest time as a family. The NICU can feel so isolating, but thanks to March of Dimes, we didn’t feel alone; we had a support system that understood our experience."

 

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