Walk to help more babies be born healthy!



Raised to date:
Our goal: $200,000
Johnson Field/UNM Campus
Redondo Dr NE , Albuquerque, NM 87106
Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017 11:30 AM
Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017
Registration: 10:00AM  |  Start: 11:30 AM
Walk distance: 1 miles
Johnson Field/UNM Campus
Redondo Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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We're getting ready to walk in March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There'll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it's a great feeling knowing we're all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies right here in our community!
Start and Finish Line on UNM Johnson Field. This year we are excited to announce the addition of our Superhero Sprint for all kids, as well as the Butterfly Memorial Garden and Remembrance Ceremony. Registration Opens @ 10AM | Music & Activities start @ 10AM | Butterfly Garden & Remembrance Ceremony @ 10:45AM | Superhero Sprint @ 11:15AM | Walk @ 11:30AM

Event progress* *(As of Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017)

Top non-family teams
Alliance Data Rio Rancho
Bank of Albuquerque
Alpha Phi Alpha - NM
Top family teams
Team Schimmel
Gilligan Twins
Team Smudgie Ray
Top fundraisers
Francie Monteith
Tamara Miera
Aubrey Johnson
*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 Albuquerque Ambassador Emily Schimmel

10 years ago I was in the hospital. I was 22 weeks pregnant with twin girls and despite just having seen the doctor a few days before I was in danger of delivering prematurely. For the next 17 days I was not allowed out of bed for any reason. On February 22, my daughters, Katherine Ruth and Emily Grace were born. | Unfortunately they were not supposed to be born until early June. Those next months were a rollercoaster of the worst kind. Both girls had problems. Kate had bilateral grade 4 brain bleeds, Emily had a duct between her heart and lungs that did not close, which caused serious lung issues. Kate had 3 brain surgeries, Emily, heart surgery to close that duct. When one did well, the other did not. | I spent my days at the hospital doing what I could to care for my daughters. I spent the evenings caring for our 5-year-old son and trying to pretend that everything was at least somewhat normal. It wasn’t. In spite of everyone’s best efforts, on June 2nd, Kate died in our arms. 5 days later we brought Emily home after 106 days in the NICU. She was on oxygen and an apnea monitor for the next 4 to 5 months 24/7 and on oxygen at night for a total of 18 months. She had weekly eye appointments to check her eyes, which were affected by an issue specific to premature infants, ROP, retinopathy of prematurity. To this day there is still an oxygen tank in her closet. | Our family has had the best and worst outcomes anyone could imagine for a premature infant. Today Emily is a happy, healthy, and sometimes annoying preteen who will be 10 2 weeks from today. She does have asthma, which is a result of her prematurity, but in school she does just as well as everyone else, but people do comment on her voice. I shrug and tell them “that’s just her.” What it is, however, is the fully paralyzed left vocal cord that she has. A permanent reminder of what she went through in the first few months of life. We never knew what caused the girls to be born so early, and that is why the March of Dimes is so important. | The March of Dimes funds research into causes of premature birth. They have also funded research that developed surfactant, which helps the lungs of severely premature infants, without it, Emily would not be here. It is my wish that in my lifetime no other parent ever have to go through what we went though.


- 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

Kmart logo Famous Footwear logo Macy's logo Cigna logo HCA Healthcare logo Publix logo

Thank you to our local sponsors

TriCore Reference Laboratories
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM
Aon Risk Solutions
Lovelace Women
Bank of Albuquerque
UNM Hospitals
Jaynes Corporation
HUB International Insurance Services Inc.
Matt Blasing Photography