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Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


 

Western Connecticut

Raised to date:
$30,456
Our goal: $58,000
 
Quassy Amusement Park
Route 64, 2132 Middlebury Road , Middlebury, CT 06762
Date: Sunday, May 05, 2019 11:00 AM
 
Date: Sunday, May 05, 2019
Registration: 10:00AM  |  Start: 11:00 AM
Walk distance: 3.5 miles
Quassy Amusement Park
Route 64, 2132 Middlebury Road
Middlebury, CT 06762
 
 
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Join us at Quassy Amusement Park for this special March for Babies! Make sure to sign up for our annual Superhero Sprint Kids Fun Run too!

 
 

EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $30,456 *(As of Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019)

Raised: $30,456

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Stephanie Devino
$3,833
2
Megan Lynn
$2,244
3
Heather Pentino
$1,837
Top family teams
 
1
TEAM JULIA
$3,833
2
The Harper Frances Fan Club
$2,926
3
Samantha and Emma
$2,523
Top non-family teams
 
1
Savings Bank of Danbury
$1,289
2
West Central CT BOA
$438
3
studentsforbabies
$378
 
*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

 

 

The Devino Family

It sounds so easy to do: just stay pregnant. Every minute and every single hour that I could stay pregnant gave my daughter a better chance of thriving after birth. My life changed forever in January 2016, when my water broke unexpectedly when I was 27 weeks and four days pregnant. Initially I thought I was experiencing urinary incontinence, but as I continued to leak amniotic fluid my husband and I called the OBGYN who directed us to Labor & Delivery. At the hospital, the staff conducted tests to determine if I was leaking amniotic fluid. I was diagnosed with PPROM (Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes), which affects about 150,000 women in the US every year. It is the leading cause of premature birth and can result in serious and life-threatening complications for both mom and baby. I was immediately given a steroid shot to help develop my baby's lungs followed by a magnesium drip to prevent brain bleeds in premature babies. I was informed that the local hospital was unable to care for us, and would not resuscitate my baby at 27 weeks. Since I wasn’t dilated or contracting, we made the choice to transfer to another hospital with a higher-level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU. After arriving at the second hospital, I endured hours of testing and ultrasounds. I was stable and transferred to a Maternal Special Care Unit, a step-down intensive care unit for pregnant women. The plan was to stay in the hospital until I went into labor. I was at risk for infection, placental abruption, and cord prolapse. If I managed to stay pregnant, I would be delivered at 34 weeks. Until then, every single hour counted; every minute meant a better chance to have a positive outcome. The next few weeks were filled with constant fetal monitoring, IVs, and ultrasounds. We met with the NICU staff to discuss what might happen. My husband stayed by my side for the entire duration. We fell in to a comfortable routine of monitoring, watching, and waiting. We had a few visitors, but it was difficult to hear people call our hospital stay a “vacation”, even though they were joking. Fighting for your life while hoping to save the life of your unborn child is not a vacation. At 29 weeks and one day, I went into labor. I awoke with contractions that were getting stronger by the minute. My nurses monitored the baby and gave fluids to stop the contractions, but it wasn’t working. After a few more intense contractions, I was moved to Labor & Delivery. I consented to a C-section, and was given oxygen and morphine. When the next round of doctors came by, things quickly reached crisis level. After a quick evaluation, the doctor said my daughter's umbilical cord had prolapsed and that my placenta was abrupting. I screamed for my husband, but there wasn’t enough time for him to reach me. I was rushed to the OR and delivered under general anesthesia. Staring at my daughter in her isolette in the NICU just hours after birth was surreal. I was delirious from pain medication and I didn’t comprehend the magnitude of the situation. I watched her tiny chest rise up and down while I sat by her side in a wheelchair. She came so early that we had not yet chosen a name. We decided on Julia Grace, which means “youthful” and “of God”. I held my daughter for the first time two whole days after she was born. A nurse positioned me next to the isolette while my husband assisted with the wires and tubes attached to our little girl. She was so fragile to me, but she was strong. I watched my husband’s eyes fill with tears as he sat in our little space next her isolette. I sobbed; I was so sorry that I couldn’t keep her safe. I felt her skin against my chest and feel her tiny body moving with each breath. It’s a moment I will never forget. I spent hours learning how to pump and my husband would transport my milk to the NICU. All I could do was pump and pray. The next 50 days were filled with learning a whole new language: grams, ML's, CPAP, sodium, TPN, et cetera. We experienced so many “firsts” in the NICU: Julia’s first bath, her first bottle, and many other milestones. Those were the most emotional days of our lives. We happily brought Julia home after 50 days in the NICU on Easter Sunday. My daughter is 3 years old, healthy and achieving her milestones. It is surreal to me that such a happy and vibrant little girl has endured most than more people will in their entire lives. It was incredibly hard to leave her under the care of someone else for 50 days. But throughout that journey we met many amazing people who became our extended family.


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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