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Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


 

Jacksonville

Raised to date:
$101,224
Our goal: $300,000
 
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive , Jacksonville, FL 32224
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00 AM
 
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Registration: 8:00AM  |  Start: 9:00 AM
Walk distance: 3 miles
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
 
Join Superhero Sprint in this location
Register your little superhero (ages 1-10) in the March for Babies Superhero Sprint! We know your little one will enjoy being a superhero for a day! (superhero's cape included)
 
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 can’t wait to see you at March for Babies.

MORE INFO

We are excited to be at a new venue this year walking on the beautiful campus of the University of North Florida centrally located on the south side of Jacksonville off JTB and 295. For directions to campus and a campus map, please click visit www.unf.edu. Once you are on-campus, please follow our March for Babies signs and our day-of parking volunteers who will direct you to the approved parking area (garage 38) near the arena and Student Union.

Registration opens at 8 am and the walk begins at 9 am at the Coxwell Amphitheater. Anyone who has not registered online must come by the registration tent to sign a liability waiver to walk. T-shirts for participants who raised over $100 are available for pick up at Registration beginning at 8 am until 11 am. 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.

The Kid Zone will open at 8 am and feature inflatable games, arts and crafts, and annual Super Hero Sprint at 8:50 am. Registration for the Super Hero Sprint is free with a signed parent waiver.

The walk is about three miles long through the heart of the UNF campus easily accessible for families and strollers. According to UNF's policies service animals are the only animals allowed on the walk route and event site.

We will provide light snacks before and after the event courtesy of Whataburger, Dunkin' Donuts, and Snyder. Water will be available throughout the day and along the route.

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: Ericha Gore at Egore@marchofdimes.org

March for Babies takes place rain or shine! Register for event updates.

 
 

EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $101,224 *(As of Thursday, Apr 18, 2019)

Raised: $101,224

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Jennifer Morrow
$2,152
2
UF Health Jacksonville
$2,061
3
Carolyn Marshall
$1,842
Top family teams
 
1
Preemas
$2,808
2
Morrow Babies
$2,152
3
The Story Of Isaac
$1,978
Top non-family teams
 
1
BMC - Baptist Jax
$5,190
2
Sunshine Health Jacksonville
$4,764
3
GE Aviation Jacksonville
$3,000
 
*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

 

 

The Nevolis Family

At 27 weeks pregnant, Gary and I attended a routine doctor appointment where they discovered that I was experiencing signs of preeclampsia. At the time we didn't know what preeclampsia was or if it was common but soon learned that it is known as pregnancy induced hypertension that can lead to seizures, coma, and even death. Speaking with a nurse we discovered there were 7 other women at the hospital with preeclampsia but I didn't "fit the bill" for someone that's usually admitted for preeclampsia - the other women were farther along than I was. Over the next three days, my symptoms progressed so quickly and became so severe that I had to have an emergency c-section. Avery Evelyn Nevolis was born January 20, 2018 at just 27 weeks and 6 days, weighing 2 pounds 4 ounces and 13 inches long.  Avery was in the NICU for 76 days where our family went through an experience that changed us forever.   Over the course of those 76 days, Gary and I watched doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians assistants do countless procedures. Transitions in equipment and medicine helped Avery get ready to go home included multiple blood transfusions, daily breathing treatments, ventilators, high-flow assisted breathing, PICC lines, rounds of steroids, and the need for 24/7 tube feedings for her under developed heart and lungs. Avery stayed on oxygen for an additional four months after coming home. Additionally, Avery had an apnea monitor to wear at night to monitor her heart for an additional 6 months.    Gary and I did not know much about the March of Dimes before this experience. While nothing can prepare you for how frightening the NICU can be for parents we've be able to connect with families with similar experiences through March for Babies. For more than 80 years, the March of Dimes has provided support for research, treatments, educational and prenatal programs that has saved lives, reduced the suffering and improved the quality of life for countless children and the parents who love them. My daughter is one of their success stories; a wonderful example of what March of Dimes efforts have accomplished. By participating in March for Babies you can help the March of Dimes continue to bring new advances that improve the health of babies here in our community and across the nation. - Gary, Jamie, and Avery Nevolis


Rewards

 
$100
- Early Bird! “Wear Your Why” button for $100 online by 8 weeks before event
$100
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
$250
- March for Babies packing cubes OR stainless tumbler + event t-shirt
$500
- March for Babies beanie OR canvas lunch cooler + event t-shirt
$500
- Personalized "Why I Walk" sign displayed on the walk route
$1,000
- Champion for Babies Medal + umbrella OR speaker/tablet stand+event t-shirt
$2,500
- Champion for Babies Medal + duffel OR beach tent + event t-shirt
$5,000
- Champion for Babies Medal + fleece jacket OR chair w speaker + event t-shirt
$7,500
- Champion for Babies Medal + rolling cooler OR bungee chair + event t-shirt
$10,000
- Champion for Babies Medal +jumbo block game OR Northface jacket+event t-shirt
 

 

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