Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


 

La Crosse

Raised to date:
$15,001
Our goal: $21,000
 
Rowe Park
710 Hilltopper Drive , Onalaska, WI 54650
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM
 
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Registration: 9:00AM  |  Start: 10:00 AM
Walk distance: 3 miles
Rowe Park
710 Hilltopper Drive
Onalaska, WI 54650
 
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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!
 
This site was acquired from La Crosse County in 1989. Numerous facility improvements have been made by the City of Onalaska and Onalaska School District. Rowe Park remains one of the most picturesque parks in the Onalaska area.
 

Event progress* *(As of Monday, May 29, 2017)

 
Top non-family teams
 
1
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Fraternity and Sorority Life
$1,601
2
ICE House Staff
$638
3
GSS Beta Delta
$527
Top family teams
 
1
Steps for Araina
$2,345
2
Pistol Piper's Posse
$2,292
3
Palmer Quadruplets
$1,891
Top fundraisers
 
1
Ashley Palmer
$1,844
2
Bunnie Mc Henry
$1,043
3
Shannon Roderick
$1,000
 
*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

 
 
 

Piper Grey Gentry

 
“We never doubted the miracle that she was,” said Amber Gentry. But for Amber and her husband Dan, the frightening and early arrival of their daughter Piper rocked their world and began a long, emotional journey that no parent should endure. Amber’s pregnancy, by all accounts, was uneventful; and she and Dan were looking forward to starting their family. However, when mild cramping began, the couple decided to at least check it out on the morning of March 4, 2016. “In my wildest dreams I never expected to be wheeled up to labor and delivery,” said Amber. “All I could think was ‘I’m only 24 weeks and three days…it’s too early to have her come into the world.’” Efforts to control contractions failed, and when Amber started bleeding it was quickly determined that there was a placental abruption. The situation became urgent and 20 minutes later, three months before her due date, Piper Grey Gentry arrived weighing only 1 pound, 10.5 ounces. “Dan and I saw her for the first time a couple hours later, touched her the first time four days later and finally held her for the first time when she was one week and one day,” Amber lamented. Piper remained in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for 105 days, and amazed the medical staff with her determination to reach and surpass every hurdle set before her. “The nurses called her Pistol Piper,” said Dan. “It was really fitting considering what a little fighter she was.” And, Pistol Piper’s Posse became the obvious name of the Gentry’s family team when they decided to join the March of Dimes March for Babies event in La Crosse a couple months after Piper’s birth. The morning of the walk, the team made a pit stop in the NICU to visit Piper and gather strength from her fighting spirit. With 31 members of Pistol Piper’s Posse, the team raised over $4,800 for the March of Dimes. “Without the March of Dimes key role in medical advancements, Piper’s premature birth never would have had as successful an outcome as it did,” mentioned Amber. “But there is still so many unanswered questions, like what triggers contractions in pregnancy? If we knew, Piper may have been born full term and never have endured her early birth.” Thankful that Piper survived and is now thriving while she celebrates her first birthday, the Gentrys want to encourage others in the La Crosse area to support the March of Dimes, to someday put an end to premature birth. “We were the lucky ones.” said Amber. “There’s too many babies that aren’t lucky enough to come home, or if they do, face a life-time of disabilities.”

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

Bronze
Gundersen Health Systems
Media
Fox 25 48
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