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Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


Great Plains

Raised to date:
Our goal: $100,000
Lake Shawnee
Shelter Houses 1 & 2 , Topeka, KS 66603
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 11:00 AM
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Registration: 10:00AM  |  Start: 11:00 AM
Walk distance: 2.5 miles
Lake Shawnee
Shelter Houses 1 & 2
Topeka, KS 66603
We walk to give EVERY BABY a fighting chance. Thank you to all of 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 2018 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 Saturday, April 28, 2018, more than 1,000 individuals will come together at Lake Shawnee to support the March of Dimes. Our goal is to raise a total of $100,000 for a healthier future for babies.
Join us at the Shelter Houses - just across from the softball fields - at our Festival Area, which opens at 10:00 am. Superhero Sprint begins at 10:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies start at 11:00 a.m. – Walk begins at 11:15 a.m. – Lunch will be served immediately after the walk. Festival activities and award announcements continue until close at 1:00 p.m. We will continue our Superhero Sprint this year for all of our amazing kids (ages 1-10)! The Superhero Sprint is a kids “fun run” that puts the March of Dimes “mission in motion." With each registration, all kids receive a cape (while supplies last), and the opportunity to run in the Superhero Sprint that will start at 10:30 a.m. HELPFUL DOCUMENTS:

EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $43,459 *(As of Friday, Jul 20, 2018)

Raised: $43,459

Top fundraisers
Jenna Brissett
Hannah Schumacher
Michael Atwood
Top family teams
Sam & Finn
The Hadyn Bunch
The Delaney Bugs
Top non-family teams
BCBS Topeka
Cotton O’Neil Pediatrics
Stormont-Vail HealthCare
*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



During the Brissetts’ effort to have a second child, Jenna experienced back to back miscarriages and was eventually diagnosed and treated for endometriosis. After three months of unsuccessful attempts at conceiving, Clomid was started and the second round was successful! Not only that, but Jenna was carrying twins – Finn and Sam! When labor began at 27 weeks, it was terrifying. Both boys were delivered and needed to be ventilated. Finn had so much equipment that he was in a twin room by himself and Sam went into a single room. The twins were both so tiny and it was frightening to touch them. Jenna was able to hold Sam for the first time on day three and it was simply amazing for her. The Brisetts realized Finn wasn’t doing well and weren’t sure what was going to happen, but being able to finally hold one of them was good for the heart. That Monday, Finn had a rough day but ended up stabilizing enough that the family felt comfortable going home to be with their daughter. By the time we got home, Finn had deteriorated to the point that they needed to go back. It was the longest night of their lives and eventually the extremely difficult decision was made to allow him to stop fighting and end his life support. He had fought very hard for 5 days. The first time the family got to hold sweet Finn would be the last as they comforted him and told him how much he was loved while he passed away. There were return visits to the hospital every day for the next eight weeks while Sam got healthier, bigger, and stronger. Sam was later discharged at nine weeks old. The Brissett Family lived through the scariest time of their lives and a roller coaster of emotions. The Brissett Family would like to thank the hospital staff for the wonderful treatment and care of the twins and the entire family. Along with the staff, the Brissetts are very privileged to have a long list of family, friends, and colleagues who have been nothing but supportive. Although the pain will never go away, they are so fortunate to have been able to hold Finn and now, two year old Sam. This experience has given them a strong calling to help others who need the same support they received during this difficult time in their lives.


- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
- Early Bird! raise $100 online by Feb 28 and receive a picture frame magnet
- March for Babies fashion tote OR leather journal + event t-shirt
- March for Babies computer backpack OR picnic blanket tote + event t-shirt
- Personalized "Why I Walk" sign displayed on the walk route
- Champion for Babies hat + round beach towel OR yoga mat + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + Igloo Cooler OR terri hoodie + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + travel duffel OR insulated jacket + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + sport couch OR Under Armour jacket + event t-shirt

Thank you to our National Sponsors

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Thank you to our local sponsors






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