Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


 

Altoona

Raised to date:
$28,609
Our goal: $107,740
 
Altoona Curve
Peoples Natural Gas Field 1000 Park Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016 11:00 AM
 
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Registration: 10:00AM  |  Start: 11:00 AM
Walk distance: 3 miles
Altoona Curve
Peoples Natural Gas Field 1000 Park Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
 
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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!
 
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Event progress* *(As of Thursday, May 26, 2016)

 
Top non-family teams
 
1
Hollidaysburg Tiny Tigers
$1,133
2
UPMC Altoona Angels In The Outfield
$236
3
Tower 10 UPMC Altoona
$195
Top family teams
 
1
Kailyn's Kruisers
$4,189
2
The Camburger
$3,300
3
Team Mulcahy
$1,284
Top fundraisers
 
1
Lindsay Gahagan
$3,041
2
Abbey Henschel
$1,361
3
Teresa Weigle
$1,234
 
*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

 
 
 

2016 Altoona Ambassador Emma Eicher

 
In 2011, Eicher Family was eagerly awaiting the birth of their second child. Tessa’s pregnancy appeared to be progressing normally, until, at 23 weeks, Emma, was born 16 weeks early, weighing just 1 pound, 1 ounce. Emma spent months in the NICU with respiratory and feeding issues due to her early birth. She received lifesaving treatments and interventions in the early weeks of life as well as therapy for the long-lasting health consequences of her premature birth. It was a difficult time for the Eicher family. Spending time in the NICU can be frightening and overwhelming for parents, especially when they must go home each night and leave their precious baby behind. Premature babies are not just small babies. They are babies who are not ready to be born, and they require specialized care to help them thrive. March of Dimes funded the research on surfactant therapy and nitric oxide, two applications that help underdeveloped lungs of preterm babies to breathe easier. Since the development of these two therapies, two-thirds of the babies who would have died from respiratory distress syndrome now survive their early birth. Emma will be celebrating her 5th birthday in April and her mom Tessa is forever grateful to the March of Dimes for helping Emma come so far with their lifesaving research. Today Emma loves to read, play outside and play with her brother. Like Emma, about 380,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive an early birth often face an increased risk of a lifetime of health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the causes of premature birth and providing comfort and information to families. The Eicher’s, know the significant role that March of Dimes research played in helping Emma get this far. As the 2016 Altoona/Johnstown Area Ambassador Family they will share their story and help raise awareness of premature birth. They hope their story can provide hope for other families and help the March of Dimes to reach the day when all babies are born strong and healthy.

Incentives

 
$50
- Early Bird! $50 online by 2/29/16
$100
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
$250
- Tank top or cap+event t-shirt
$500
- Long sleeve t-shirt or tote+event t-shirt
$1,000
- Polo+$25 Macy's/Kmart gift card
$2,500
- Polo+$75 Macy's/Kmart gift card+Disney trip entry
$5,000
- Polo+$150 Macy's/Kmart gift card+Disney trip entry
$10,000
- Polo+$250 Macy's/Kmart gift card+Disney trip entry
 
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