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Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


 

Pittsburgh

Raised to date:
$462,084
Our goal: $575,000
 
Heinz Field
100 Art Rooney Avenue , Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018 9:30 AM
 
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Registration: 8:30AM  |  Start: 9:30 AM
Walk distance: 3.1 miles
Heinz Field
100 Art Rooney Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
 
 
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year, and each one needs us. The money you raise will be a lifeline for moms and babies near you and across the country. Join more than 4,500 people at the Pittsburgh March for Babies, presented by UPMC & UPMC Health Plan, in support of moms at every stage from preconception to post-delivery with research, programs and education—and it all comes together with a celebration at March for Babies on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
 
Join us at 8:00 am for the Run for Babies 5K. Sign up as an individual or a team at www.runforbabies.org/pittsburgh
 

EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $462,084 *(As of Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018)

Raised: $462,084

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Melissa Sherrange
$7,794
2
Erin Hart
$6,672
3
Kathy Kitterman
$6,336
Top family teams
 
1
Jackson Express
$11,800
2
Rose's Garden
$10,359
3
Ethan & Casey's Team
$6,874
Top non-family teams
 
1
UPMC Health Plan
$21,235
2
Peoples Natural Gas
$15,253
3
Jones Day - Pittsburgh
$8,185
 
*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

 
 
 

Rieke Family

 
In 2008, Greg and Mariana were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their twin boys. At 20 weeks, Mariana’s learned she was carrying “mono-mono twins” (twins that develop in the same amniotic sac). They are extremely rare, but are at a greater risk for health complications due to the close proximity of the 2 umbilical cords in the amniotic sac. Because of this risk, the twins were delivered by c-section at 32 weeks and 2 days. Born 8 weeks early, Logan and Jordan weighed just 4 pounds, 4 ounces and 4 pounds, 6 ounces. Even though Greg and Mariana knew the boys could be born early, nothing truly prepares parents for premature birth. It was a difficult time for the family, including big brother Tyler who was only two and a half. Spending time in the NICU can be frightening and overwhelming for parents, especially when they must go home each night and leave their precious babies behind. After 5 weeks in the NICU, Logan and Jordan were finally able to come home. Today, they are active nine-year-olds and enjoy hockey, reading, riding bikes and swimming. They love American Ninja Warrior and are currently building a course in the backyard with mom and dad’s approval. Like Logan and Jordan, about 380,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive an early birth may face long-term health challenges, including breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities to name a few. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. Premature babies require specialized care to help them thrive. March of Dimes funded the research on surfactant therapy and nitric oxide, two applications that help underdeveloped lungs of preterm babies to breathe easier. Since the development of these two therapies, two-thirds of the babies who would have died from respiratory distress syndrome now survive their early birth. Greg and Mariana know the significant role that the March of Dimes research played in helping the twins grow and thrive. As the 2018 Pittsburgh March for Babies Ambassador Family they will share their story and help raise awareness of premature birth and birth defects. They hope their story can provide promise for other families and help the March of Dimes give every baby a fighting chance.

Rewards

 
$100
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
$100
- Early Bird! raise $100 online by Feb 28 and receive a picture frame magnet
$250
- March for Babies fashion tote OR leather journal + event t-shirt
$500
- March for Babies computer backpack OR picnic blanket tote + event t-shirt
$500
- Personalized "Why I Walk" sign displayed on the walk route
$1,000
- Champion for Babies hat + round beach towel OR yoga mat + event t-shirt
$2,500
- Champion for Babies hat + Igloo Cooler OR terri hoodie + event t-shirt
$5,000
- Champion for Babies hat + travel duffel OR insulated jacket + event t-shirt
$10,000
- Champion for Babies hat + sport couch OR Under Armour jacket + event t-shirt
 
 

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