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Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


 

Los Angeles

Raised to date:
$638,717
Our goal: $1,200,000
 
Grand Park
227 N Spring Street , Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 8:00 AM
 
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Registration: 6:30AM  |  Start: 8:00 AM
Walk distance: 3 miles
Grand Park
227 N Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 
 
ABOUT THIS EVENT

This spring, you'll be joining thousands of people in cities across the country for March for Babies, and helping to raise critical funds to support research, advocacy and programs for the health of all moms and babies.
At March for Babies we come together to empower, honor and advocate for moms, families and babies everywhere.
Thank you for joining our community— we can’t do it without you!

We are excited to welcome back 2019 Los Angeles March For Babies Media Sponsors NBC4 Southern California And Telemundo 52!  We are thrilled to welcome back “Today In LA’s” Daniella Guzman, Anchor of the popular morning news team on NBC4 that wakes up with you every weekday from 4:30 to 7am and Telemundo 52’s Weekday News Anchor for “Noticiero Telemundo 52 Al Mediodía, 5:00 pm & 5:30 pm, Dunia Elvir!

We can’t wait to see you at March for Babies.

MORE INFO

We have officially closed registration to the Superhero Sprint for Los Angeles. We are so thrilled to have 300 superheroes participating in our sprint on Saturday, April 27th at 7:30am! With so many kids signed up we need to make sure that all of our superheroes are safe, ie. not too many children running in a race together, and we are not significantly impacting our other festivities at the event.

If you are turning in funds or qualify for an incentive shirt that you have not yet secured, please print and bring your online sponsor form to the Registration Tent when you first arrive at the event.
If you would like to volunteer to help us prepare for, day-of, in the days after March for Babies or any other time during the year, please contact: Cassandra Dawson, cdawson@marchofdimes.org
Directions to the Site

  • Parking will be available at the underground Law Library Parking Lot. This lot can be accessed from Hill Street traveling East or Broadway traveling West. It is directly across Broadway from where our Festival Site will be located. A map is attached below for reference. Parking is $10 and can be paid with cash or card.
  • Public transportation is available to our site. You can take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or the Gold Line to Union Station or Little Tokyo/Arts District Station. Please check with LA Metro (www.metro.net) for schedules.
 
 

EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $638,717 *(As of Sunday, May 26, 2019)

Raised: $638,717

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Talin Tenley
$61,162
2
LAPD Devonshire Police Station
$13,000
3
Laraine Arkow
$12,654
Top family teams
 
1
Tenley Team
$63,767
2
We Do It For The Graham
$16,457
3
Faigersanosaurus Rex
$12,250
Top non-family teams
 
1
City of LA Police Dept
$34,399
2
LA Co-ISD-ITS
$18,952
3
UCLA Bruins for Babies
$14,492
 
*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 Johnson Family

We were fortunate enough to have an easy time getting pregnant. We decided to start trying during Christmas, so we downloaded a fertility app, and a couple months later, we found out that our baby boy was due September 12th! However, what began as an uneventful pregnancy quickly made an abrupt turn when Jaclyn was admitted to the hospital on May 21st for preterm labor – then only 23 weeks and 5 days pregnant. The next morning, the Neonatologist came in to consult with us. She kept saying “I need you to keep the baby in until 28 weeks, that’s your goal, statistics really change once you hit 28 weeks.” We just stared at her numb. We couldn’t comprehend that she was talking about survival rate statistics for our baby, not to mention the complications and challenges he could face after he was born, if he survived. After 4 trying weeks in L&D, and a steady dose of progesterone, magnesium and steroids, Jaclyn was discharged from the hospital and sent home to continue on bedrest for as long as she could make it. Jaclyn made it a week and half at home until she woke up on June 27th with some mild cramping. Arriving at the hospital at 12:30pm, we were told once again that she was having contractions and that she was going into labor. When the Neonatologist walked in, Jaclyn looked at her and said “you told me I had to make it to 28 weeks, and I made it to 29.” Graham Franklin Johnson was born at 4:33pm that day weighing 2lb 6oz and measuring 14.5 inches long. He was small, yes, but everything else was perfect. He was perfect. No one plans to leave the hospital without their baby. Yet, every night after Graham’s last touch time – our favorite because it was when we got to measure and weigh him and celebrate every centimeter and gram gained (no pun intended) – we would pack up our stuff and head home, hoping that we would not get a call in the middle of the night and praying that his status update at rounds the next morning would be just a little bit better than the previous day. This became our routine for the next 10 weeks. The NICU is a rollercoaster. As NICU parents, we heard this phrase time and time again, and it couldn’t be more true. We watched helplessly as Graham had PICC lines put in and suffered reflux episodes so violent they caused his heart and lungs to stop, but watched happily as Graham took his first bath and graduated to an open-air isolete. Learning to celebrate every small victory and family moment was the only way to get through the tough times and steadfastly help Graham the only way we could, which was to be present and to give him all of our love. The NICU team lives this rollercoaster every day too. They meet us under the most difficult of circumstances, immediately treat us like family, devote themselves tirelessly to the care of our babies, and then hopefully wave goodbye to us knowing that our family will be okay. These are our first memories as a family, with our baby, and although trying, we feel so blessed and lucky to have shared it with the NICU team at Little Company of Mary. Towards the end of our stay in the NICU, we made a promise as a family to get involved with March of Dimes to show gratitude for the role they and the NICU team at Little Company of Mary played in our positive outcome – so that one day, all babies may be born healthy. Our first event with March of Dimes was the March for Babies, which brought a flood of emotion. While our family and friends were there to celebrate Graham’s strength and perseverance, there were others there in remembrance of their little ones who were lost too soon. Volunteering with March of Dimes has shown us that we’re not alone in this journey. We will continue to share our story in hopes that even just one person shares our story or reaches out to us when they or someone they know experiences life in the NICU and needs our love and support. Graham turned our world upside down in the most amazing ways, but looking back and seeing how we came out stronger as a family will forever be the foundation on which our family is built.

 

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