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MARCH FOR HEALTHY MOMS AND STRONG BABIES


 

Greater Birmingham

Raised to date:
$233,896
Our goal: $390,000
 
Railroad Park
1600 1st Avenue South , Birmingham, AL 35233
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:00 AM
 
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Registration: 8:00AM  |  Start: 9:00 AM
Walk distance: 2 miles
Railroad Park
1600 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
 
Join Superhero Sprint in this location
Register your little superhero (ages 1-10) in the March for Babies Superhero Sprint! We know your little one will enjoy being a superhero for a day! (superhero's cape included)
 
ABOUT MARCH FOR BABIES

2020 marks our 50th year of marching for babies!  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.

ABOUT THE LOCAL EVENT

March with us because every baby deserves the best possible start. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight premature birth, birth defects and infant loss. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you! March for Babies is a day for everyone. Together we hope, remember and celebrate at our walk sites nationwide. When you participate in March for Babies, you're raising critical funds to help tackle the biggest health threats to moms and babies. On Saturday, April 25, 2020, approximately 4,000 individuals will come together at Railroad Park in Birmingham to support March of Dimes. Our goal is to raise $400,000 for a healthier future for babies. Festival Area and Donation Turn-in open 8:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. – Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. – Festival activities and award announcements continue until close at 11:30 a.m. - Superhero Sprint, sponsored by Publix Super Markets, Inc. will begin upon return to festival site at approximately 10:00 a.m. (for kids ages 1 - 10) - We can't wait to see you there!

 
 

EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $233,896 *(As of Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020)

Raised: $233,896

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
John Gunderson
$10,000
2
Chris Lima
$1,242
3
Larry Daniels
$1,143
Top family teams
 
1
Team Lima
$1,242
2
Angels 4 Averi
$825
3
Piper and Henry
$527
Top non-family teams
 
1
Drummond Company, Inc.
$25,000
2
Daniel Communities
$15,000
3
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
$1,143
 
*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

 

 

Will Taylor

William (Will) Brian Taylor was born at a mere 23 weeks 5 days gestation weighing just 1 lb. 8 oz. His prematurity required him to spend his first 129 days fighting for his life in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) at three hospitals. Will was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital where he stayed in the NICU for the first 5 weeks of his very fragile life. At just 5 weeks old, Will developed NEC (Necrotizing enterocolitis) and was transferred to Children’s of Alabama. NEC is the most common and serious intestinal disease among premature babies. It happens when tissue in the small or large intestine is injured or inflamed. This can lead to death of intestinal tissue and, in some cases, a hole (perforation) in the intestinal wall. In NEC, the intestine can no longer hold waste. So, bacteria may pass into the bloodstream and cause a life-threatening infection. He was in the NICU at Children’s of Alabama for 6 weeks and then was moved to UAB Hospital's Level IV NICU. Will stayed at UAB Hospital for a total of 7 weeks until he was discharged. During his 129 day total NICU stay, Will battled multiple infections, including NEC, and his kidneys almost failed twice. Will was placed on an oscillator four times and developed Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), requiring injections in both eyes. Retinopathy of Prematurity is a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants weighing about 2¾ pounds (1250 grams) or less that are born before 31 weeks gestation. The smaller a baby is at birth, the more likely that baby is to develop ROP. This disorder, which usually develops in both eyes, is one of the most common causes of visual loss in childhood and can lead to lifelong vision impairment and even blindness. In the initial period after coming home, Will’s weeks were filled with specialist appointments and therapies. Will's parents, Jill and Patrick, are thankful for the medical community in Birmingham and for access to such amazing specialists, as well as the resources and support provided by March of Dimes. Today, Will is thriving as a feisty and active little boy! The Taylor family is grateful and honored to share their story with you and to support the March of Dimes mission of fighting for the health of all moms and babies. They look forward to seeing you all at the walk on Saturday, April 25th!


Rewards

 
$100
- Early Bird! “Wear Your Why” button for $100 online by 8 weeks before your event
$100
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
$250
- March for Babies camp mug OR bamboo lunchbox + event t-shirt
$500
- March for Babies Game Day Jersey OR Game Day Stool + event t-shirt
$500
- Personalized "Why I Walk" sign displayed on the walk route
$1,000
- Champion for Babies Medal + pullover OR bluetooth speaker + event t-shirt
$2,500
- Champion for Babies Medal + duffel OR fleece + event t-shirt
$5,000
- Champion for Babies Medal + vest OR 1/2 zip shirt + event t-shirt
$7,500
- Champion for Babies Medal + rain jacket OR 2-person seat + event t-shirt
$10,000
- Champion for Babies Medal + Beats headphones OR heat vest + event t-shirt
 

 

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