Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


Greater Birmingham Area

Raised to date:
Our goal: $685,000
Uptown by the BJCC
2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. , Birmingham, AL 35203
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:15 AM
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Registration: 8:00AM  |  Start: 9:15 AM
Walk distance: 2.25 miles
Uptown by the BJCC
2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
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We walk to give EVERY BABY a fighting chance. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight premature birth, birth defects and infant loss. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you! The 2017 March for Babies will highlight the strength of families affected by premature birth, birth defects and the loss of a child, celebrate the strides we’ve made towards accomplishing our mission and applaud the fundraising efforts of our donors. On April 29, 2017, more than 3,000 individuals will come together at Uptown (by the BJCC) to support the March of Dimes. Our goal is to raise a total of $700,000 for a healthier future for babies. Festival Area & Donation turn-in opens 8:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies starts 8:30 a.m. – 2.25 mile walk begins 9:15 a.m. – Festival activities and award announcements continue until close at 11:30 a.m. We will also have a Superhero Sprint this year for all of our amazing kids! The Superhero Sprint is a kids “fun run” that will be implemented at all March for Babies walk sites, and puts the March of Dimes “mission in motion." For the suggested donation of $20 per child or $30 for the family, all kids receive a cape (while supplies last), and the opportunity to run in the Superhero Sprint that will start at 9:00 a.m.

Event progress* *(As of Thursday, Jun 29, 2017)

Top non-family teams
City of Birmingham
Brasfield & Gorrie - Birmingham
St. Vincent's Birmingham
Top family teams
Macklem Miracles
Charlie & Sophia
Team Schneider
Top fundraisers
Eric Barrett
Select/Cleveland Clinic - Akron & Beachwood Ohio Jobsites
Elizabeth Macklem
*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


2017 Birmingham Ambassadors The Schneider Family

The Schneider family raises funds and walk to remember their prematurely born sons, Zachary Aaron and William Evan. Julie and Toby Schneider always knew they wanted to have children, but they were happy to spend the first few years of marriage as a couple. After about four years, they decided the time was right to start a family. For more than a year they were unsuccessful. Eventually, they were referred to a fertility specialist. They recommended Julie have rounds of injections every few days to stimulate egg development. Several cycles of the process were unsuccessful,making the couple frustrated. They decided to try one more round of medication and found out Julie was pregnant just before Thanksgiving 2005. As often happens with pregnancies facilitated by fertility medications, they soon learned they were having twins. While this was exciting news, they also knew there would be higher risk associated with this pregnancy. All seemed to be going well the first few months. Then, one day in late February 2006, their world quickly changed. Julie was driving when she felt something was just not right. Toby met her at the hospital. After an ultrasound, the doctor revealed that the amniotic sac around one of the babies had ruptured. This was a terrible shock at 16 weeks into pregnancy. Options were limited at this point, other than hoping and praying for a miracle. Julie was restricted to full bed rest; but unfortunately, a few weeks later at 19 weeks gestation, she went into preterm labor. There was no chance for the Schneider’s son, Zachary Aaron, who was stillborn on March 13, 2006 and weighed less than one pound. Their only hope was that Julie did not go into full labor and that the second baby was still developing in the womb. This was an unlikely circumstance, so they vowed to make the best of it and persevere for this second baby. Julie remained on bed rest. After four weeks, Julie began having some pains and knew something wasn’t right. Their second son was born at 23 weeks on April 11. William Evan was alive and weighed 1 lbs. 10 oz., but his chance of survival and a “normal” life were slim. He was quickly whisked away to the NICU where the doctors and nurses worked to keep him alive and assess his health. His medical issues were many and severe, with the biggest obstacle being his underdeveloped lungs. A few days later, Evan developed a brain bleed, which further lessened his chances at survival or a healthy life. Despite his medical condition, Evan was a fighter. Tragically, after ten days of fighting, Evan passed away. The Schneiders said, “We think about our boys every day but they have a different presence in our lives than we had hoped.” Despite the pain and loss they felt, they knew they still wanted to try again to have a baby. Their specialists told them to start trying again, and Julie began another cycle of shots in October. The doctors cancelled the cycle due to the immaturity of the eggs; but Toby and Julie said, “Sometimes things happen when you least expect them.” Just before Christmas 2006, they found out Julie was pregnant again! The cycle had produced a viable egg. Because of their history, this was still considered a very high-risk pregnancy, and Julie was put on full bed rest at 5 weeks. Their new doctor was more aggressive in treating her in an effort to help her pregnancy go full-term. She had to get shots and a check up weekly. “The injections Julie received are a great example of the research and breakthroughs the March of Dimes helps to fund. We were blessed with a beautiful baby girl on August 25, 2007,” they said. Emerson Grace weighed in at a healthy 9 lbs. 9 oz. Today, she is 9 years-old and just an amazing young girl. She is a tremendous student, takes piano and voice lessons, and she enjoys swimming, cheerleading and volleyball. Most of all, she loves her family and friends and has a beautiful heart. Even after all of these tough experiences, we know we are blessed to have two angels looking over us and an incredible daughter here with us. Our hope is by sharing our story we will help raise awareness and support for the March of Dimes in their mission to provide a fighting chance for every baby.


- Early Bird! $50 online by 2/28/17
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
- March of Dimes tumbler or carry all tote + event t-shirt
- March of Dimes cooler or hooded t-shirt + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + 1/4 zip pullover OR polo + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + backpack OR rain jacket + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + sports chair OR jacket + event t-shirt
- 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

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
UAB Health System
St. Vincent
Protective Life Corporation
Brasfield & Gorrie
Brookwood Baptist Health
Bradley LLP
Buffalo Rock Company
Grandview Medical Center
Medical West Hospital
Burr & Forman LLP
DST Health Solutions
Motion Industries
Montgomery Transport
WBRC Fox 6 News
The Eagle 106.9
97.3 Play
Alabama Baby & Child