Charleston StepUp

Raised to date:
Our goal: $250,000
StepUp! for Babies
Track Steps , Charleston, SC 29403
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020 9:00 AM

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, you can download the app to participate in our step-tracking challenges.
  3. Start stepping and share your story using #MarchforBabies and #MFBStepUp! You can use our fun social tools to help you spread the word!
  4. Request pledges from friends and family – don’t be shy!
  5. 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.


This year, March for Babies will be a virtual event that anyone, anywhere can participate in by tracking steps. March in your apartment. March up your stairs. March on your street (if safe). Step Up for Babies!



EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $98,188 *(As of Monday, Aug 10, 2020)

Raised: $98,188

Top fundraisers
Carolyn McChesney
Laura Tregner
Finley Green
Top family teams
FiA Bayside
Stackin' Dimes, Savin' Babies
Top non-family teams
Individual Walkers - Charleston
Zeta Phi Beta - Gamma Zeta
Atlas Technologies
*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!

Meet Our Ambassador Family



The McChesneys

Like many expectant parents, Trent and Carolyn McChesney were excited about starting their family. However, when their baby, Andrew Mac McChesney, was born at 28 weeks weighing 2 pounds 15 ounces he was fighting for his life. Mac, being extremely premature, had severely underdeveloped lungs and received respiratory, oxygen, caffeine and surfactant therapies. Mac faced many more challenges including feeding issues and jaundice. It was a difficult time for the McChesney family. Nurses and NICU doctors educated the new parents on the importance of kangaroo care and they spent 6-9 hours a day holding their precious miracle. Over that time, Mac’s breathing, oxygen, and heart rate all began to improve. After 41 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Mac was finally able to come home. Mac is now a thriving 5 year old and in many ways, a typical little boy. He enjoys wrestling his sister, basketball, running, playing superheroes and drawing. He is a very sweet, sensitive boy with a very big heart. March of Dimes funded the research on surfactant therapy and nitric oxide, two applications that help preterm babies with underdeveloped or compromised lungs breathe easier. Since the development of these two therapies, two-thirds of the babies who would have died from respiratory distress syndrome now survive. Mac’s parents, Trent and Carolyn, know the significant role that the March of Dimes research played in helping him grow and thrive. As the 2020 Charleston March for Babies Ambassador Family, they will share their story and help raise awareness of premature birth. They hope their story can provide promise for other families and help the March of Dimes continue fighting for healthy families everywhere.


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


Thank you to our National Partners

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Thank you to our local sponsors






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