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Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


 

West Michigan - Grand Rapids

Raised to date:
$124,401
Our goal: $180,000
 
Millennium Park The Meadows Grant Pavillion
1415 Maynard Ave SW , Grand Rapids, MI 49316
Date: Saturday, May 04, 2019 10:00 AM
 
Date: Saturday, May 04, 2019
Registration: 9:00AM  |  Start: 10:00 AM
Walk distance: 3.2 miles
Millennium Park The Meadows Grant Pavillion
1415 Maynard Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49316
 
 
ABOUT THIS EVENT

This year 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 advocate for, empower and honor 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.

 

EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $124,401 *(As of Thursday, May 23, 2019)

Raised: $124,401

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Michael Zago
$3,374
2
Matt Zimmerman
$3,291
3
Jon Snead
$2,107
Top family teams
 
1
Team Nikos
$21,459
2
BC Babes
$4,085
3
Team Zago
$3,683
Top non-family teams
 
1
March of Dimes - Grand Rapids
$4,195
2
GE - Aviation GR Supply Chain
$1,096
3
MSU Spartans for Babies
$1,057
 
*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

 

 

August and Llewyn

In 2018 Katrena and Rob were happy to be growing their family, and even more excited to find out they were expecting twins! Katrena’s pregnancy was uneventful until, at 23 weeks, she was admitted to the hospital after suffering preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM.) The medical staff explained that this not only put her at risk for infection that could cause significant harm, but babies born this prematurely may have many serious problems. Katrena and Rob consulted friends, family, and countless physicians and chose to maintain the pregnancy for as long as possible to give the twins the best shot. Katrena started on antibiotics and was placed on bed rest in the hospital to be monitored very closely. Days turned into weeks, and they were able to maintain the pregnancy as hoped. During those weeks in the hospital Katrena found some comfort in the wall of success stories posted in the hallway, and just maybe her family would be amongst them. The morning of September 9th contractions began, and Katrena and Rob felt at peace knowing they did everything possible to help their baby boys grow and develop. Born via C-section at 31 weeks and 3 days August weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces and Llewyn 3 pounds, .05 ounces. Llewyn was intubated immediately and given surfactant to help his tiny lungs. Both boys were whisked off to the NICU joined by Rob, while Katrena went to recovery. After a few hours, she was able to join her husband and babies. Despite how difficult the days on bedrest were, the NICU days would be harder. Both boys faced a tough battle feeding and breathing and Llewyn was also diagnosed with a heart defect and pulmonary hypertension. After 45 days August was thriving and able to come home, Katrena and Rob were relieved to have one baby at home – but it made leaving Llewyn in the NICU that more difficult. Finally after 60 days, Lew was able to come home on oxygen and a feeding tube. Now at 6 months old the twins are healthy and doing remarkably well and Llewyn’s current cardiology and pulmonary reports are outstanding. Katrena and Rob can’t begin to express their appreciation to everyone who made such a difference in the medical outcomes of their boys and who supported them through this challenging chapter in their lives.


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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