MARCH FOR BABIES: A MOTHER OF A MOVEMENT™


 

Suncoast

Raised to date
$4,755
Our goal $85,000
 
The Shops at Wiregrass
28211 Paseo Drive , Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:00 AM
 
Date: May 11, 2019
Event Time: 09:00 AM
Registration Time: 8:00AM
Location:
28211 Paseo Drive , Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
The Shops at Wiregrass

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

For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now we’re building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. We advocate for policies that prioritize their health. We support radical improvements to the care they receive. And we pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies.
What began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal struggle with polio led to the creation of the March of Dimes, and ultimately a cure for the disease. With that success behind us, we began to focus on fighting birth defects, premature birth and infant death with innovations like newborn screenings and surfactant therapy; education for medical professionals and the public about best practices; and lifesaving research. We provided comfort and support to families in NICUs and advocated for those who needed us most, moms and babies.
Today we are stronger and more committed than ever to guiding moms through every stage of the pregnancy journey. We are fighting for the smallest among us and advocating for their health each and every day.  And we do so with the tools, technology and knowledge needed to build a brighter future for us all.
Join us and more than 1,500 people at the Suncoast March for Babies walk on May 11, 2019 to hope, remember, and celebrate loved ones throughout their whole March of Dimes journey. This will be a funfilled morning for family and friends of all ages! Grab a neighbor, co-worker, or your family and come walk for a good cause!
If you would like to volunteer at this event, please contact Kelsey Thomas at [email protected].

 

EXPERIENCE PROGRESS* $4,755 RAISED (As of Monday, Apr 22, 2024)

Raised: $4,755

 
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*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

 

 

Chloe Cassandra Rose Gray

Ambassador Chloe Cassandra Rose Gray- Story told by Mother Samantha On Father’s day, at 27 weeks, I was not feeling well. I called my doctor who advised me to drink more water and rest. After 10 minutes, I spoke with my mother and she suggested we go to the hospital to see if everything was okay. I packed a bag and we went to the closest hospital to be examined. We discovered that my water broke due to a positive amnisure swab, so the doctors administered magnesium and we were transferred to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Upon arrival the resident informed me that they would try to prolong the delivery as long as possible, but it may be hard due to PPROM (Premature Preterm Rupture of Membranes). I stayed in the hospital and a week later, on Sunday, at 3:50am, I got up to go to the restroom and I did not feel right. Chloe’s heartbeat was strong, a category one tracing, and no contractions were seen. The resident follow suit and performed another exam, however, with this exam his face went sheet white. I was 9cm dilated and had to deliver right away. At 28 weeks and after two pushes, little Chloe made her entrance at 4:09am with NICU support from All Children’s Hospital next to me. They whisked her off to the NICU and my husband went with our Chloe, where she remained for the next 96 days of her life. The NICU is an unspoken place. Prior to having a baby, it was just something in TV shows. Some place I would never have to experience. After Chloe was born I just researched. I researched support groups, finances, and anything to help us on this new journey we were facing. I stumbled upon the March of Dimes and began reading the stories of these families, who had gone through a similar experience that we were facing. Researching about the March of Dimes and learning about other families began to ease my fears. I know I wanted to join this community. One of Chloe’s NICU nurses mentioned the March for Babies Walk and I knew we had to do it. Three months of our life was spent in the NICU with the most skilled staff and we had to give back somehow to these babies, and the team that saved our daughter. The work done by the March of Dimes impacts the job of these nurses and doctors. It gives them the ability to save lives and give hope to families who may not have much hope left. Chloe turned four years old on June 22nd and is a happy and healthy little girl. Over the last 4 years I have become more and more involved with March of Dimes. Because of my job on Labor and Delivery and our personal experience with Chloe, I believe it is one of my callings to be an Ambassador family for this organization. March of Dimes has given me so much and I believe I can give back by spreading awareness about premature birth. I can be a voice for my patients and families that are going through similar experience and are not able to take their baby home right away, or in the worst case, not at all. We can all make a difference with March of Dimes by our side.


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
 

 
RESOURCES
Four Steps to Get Started for MFB
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Fundraising Ideas
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Why I Walk Promotion
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How to Start or Join a Team
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MFB Mobile App
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