Eastern Iowa

Raised to date
Our goal $150,000
Eastern Iowa
400 Collins Road NE , Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019 9:00 AM
Date: April 28, 2019
Event Time: 09:00 AM
Registration Time: 8:00AM
400 Collins Road NE , Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Eastern Iowa

Important Update

Our March for Babies celebration is still on, but it looks a little different! We are rapidly preparing for a new, virtualized event that will be fun and engaging for everyone. This change in format aligns with the newly released CDC guidance for large events, to help ensure the safety and health of our participants. More details on our new format to come soon!



During the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, moms and babies can't wait. Delivery can't wait.

By joining March for Babies Step Up! you are helping moms and babies across the country, during a time when it's needed most. Thanks to you we are adding new programs and resources to help families during the covid-19 crisis and beyond.

Your fundraising supports:

  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks
  • and so much more!

There are so many ways to join March for Babies Step Up!

  1. Register here at by clicking "JOIN THIS EVENT".
  2. After registering, download the app.
  3. Start stepping and share your story using #MarchforBabies and #MFBStepUp!
  4. Request pledges from friends and family via the app – don't be shy!
  5. Visit the app daily and watch for challenges to participate in throughout the campaign.
  6. And don't forget to make your own donation!

You can earn fun March of Dimes fundraising rewards – now through August 15!

And don't forget - March of Dimes is here to serve as a resource for you, providing the latest information on COVID-19 on our webpage. You can also learn about our newly launched COVID-19 Intervention and Support Fund to ensure families stay informed about COVID-19, and that interventions are developed with moms and babies top of mind and then distributed so everyone across our country has access. Find more here.


EXPERIENCE PROGRESS* $101,424 RAISED (As of Monday, Jun 17, 2024)

Raised: $101,424

Top fundraisers
EJ & Amber Bell
JJ and Emily Breen
Gena Steele
Krista Porter
Brenda Day
Top family teams
Ian and McKenna's Team
Team Swish
In Memory of Grace
The Swartz Family
Addi's Angels
Company, School & Org
*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



In Memory of Grace

In 2007, I was excited to be expecting my first baby. I wasn’t anticipating any complications, but during our first ultrasound they noticed that she was measuring small, and scheduled another follow-up appointment for me. On March 7, 2007, I went to a second ultrasound appointment to check Grace’s growth. They saw that she hadn’t grown much since her last appointment, and advised for me to see a specialist the next day at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. I was given a steroid treatment to help the baby’s lung development, and sent home on strict bedrest. At my appointment the next day, they discovered that the blood flow through my umbilical cord was not supporting Grace the way that it needed to. During my heart beats, the blood would flow in on my “on beat” and most would flow back out during my “off beat”, giving very little nutrition to the baby. I also had low amniotic fluid, and the doctors were concerned enough to admit me to the hospital for observation. I was settled into a room, and hooked up for further monitoring. Just a few hours later, the doctor came to my room– Grace was in distress and I needed to make a decision on when to deliver her to give her the best chance at survival. On March 8, 2007, at just 27 weeks gestation, Grace Leighann Benfer was born weighing only 12.8 ounces, and was 11 inches long. She was rushed to the NICU, and I was sent to recovery from my C-section. Our families came to see her, and we thought that things were going to be stable for the night. The NICU doctor came in to let us know that Grace’s lungs had collapsed, and while they had been able to revive her, she was not doing well. We called our families to come back to the hospital and were able to have her baptized before we unhooked her machines and had to say goodbye. Our sweet Grace passed away just 9 hours after her birth. She fought hard during her time on earth, but she was born just too small and too soon. Grace is the big sister to two earthly half-brothers, Kaden and Cole Porter. Both boys were born at 37 weeks due to repeat C-sections, but without complications or issues. Kaden is now almost 5 years old, and Cole will be a year old in June. We are honored to be serving as this year’s Cedar Rapids March for Babies Ambassador family and to not only share Grace’s story, but to give back to the March of Dimes. We’ve been participating since April of 2007– just a month after losing Grace, in hopes of giving all babies a fighting chance and to work to help all moms have safe and healthy pregnancies. We walk in Memory of Grace every year to bring awareness to the importance of the March of Dimes and their mission, while also raising essential funds to support their life-saving research. Krista, Justin, *Grace*, Kaden and Cole


- Early Bird! “Wear Your Why” button for $100 online by 8 weeks before event
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
- March for Babies packing cubes OR stainless tumbler + event t-shirt
- March for Babies beanie OR canvas lunch cooler + event t-shirt
- Personalized "Why I Walk" sign displayed on the walk route
- Champion for Babies Medal + umbrella OR speaker/tablet stand+event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies Medal + duffel OR beach tent + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies Medal + fleece jacket OR chair w speaker + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies Medal + rolling cooler OR bungee chair + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies Medal +jumbo block game OR Northface jacket+event t-shirt



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