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MOMS AND BABIES NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER


 

Milwaukee StepUp

Raised to date:
$47,363
Our goal: $175,000
 
The Pettit Center
500 South 84th Street , Milwaukee, WI 53214
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020 10:00 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!

 
 
ABOUT MARCH FOR BABIES

THE MONEY YOU RAISE MAKES AN IMPACT

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 marchforbabies.org 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.

ABOUT THE LOCAL EVENT

COVID-19 is only compounding the current maternal and infant health crisis facing our nation. While much remains unknown about the virus and its effects on pregnant women, unfortunately, we know from past public health emergencies that pregnant and lactating women are often overlooked as interventions to prevent or treat the disease are developed and distributed. As we face this public health emergency together, it is more important than ever before that we continue to fundraise and rally to fight for the health of all moms and babies. We need your help now more than ever!

I want to reassure you that our March for Babies celebration is still on! We need your help in continuing to rally the community around our cause for healthier moms and babies. We rely heavily on the engagement and fundraising activities in the time leading up to our event to support research, advocacy, and programs dedicated to moms and babies. We are excited to share new, virtual ways for us to connect and fundraise in the coming weeks. We will share more details here and by emailing our participants.

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.

 

EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $47,363 *(As of Tuesday, May 26, 2020)

Raised: $47,363

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Stephanie Jansen
$1,705
2
Kaitlyn Scott
$1,667
3
Laura Beres
$1,540
Top family teams
 
1
Super Noah, Super Strong
$2,629
2
MFB MKE
$1,792
3
Fight like a Preemie !
$1,525
Top non-family teams
 
1
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
$2,235
2
Milwaukee Admirals
$1,746
3
FBLA - WI - Muskego High School
$1,705
 
*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 Journey with Elijah

 

 

Meet the Brummond Family

Elijah's journey has been nothing short of an absolute miracle. His fight began in utero as he battled growth restrictions, heart issues, and other complications. He had a less than 5% chance of survival and was delivered by emergency C-section at 25 weeks and four days. Elijah weighed just 15.2 oz. at birth and was in very critical condition. He had so many health complications because of his premature birth and was immediately rushed to the NICU. Elijah suffered from severe chronic lung disease and required a breathing tube to keep him alive. He needed major heart surgery at just two weeks old and spent days in a medically induced coma after he struggled to come out of anesthesia. He battled through eye surgeries, infections and brain bleeds that caused a massive stroke. We didn’t know then that cerebral palsy would make a huge impact on Elijah’s life. During our NICU journey, we met Angie, March of Dimes NICU Family Specialist. Elijah had many major complications when he was born, but we were never alone during the process. Angie, along with our amazing physicians, nurses and social workers, stood by our side every step of the way and helped us understand what was becoming our new life. We became family. We learned to celebrate the victories of the NICU journey, like graduating to a larger bed and transitioning from diapers to partially clothed to finally wearing a full outfit! Nearly four months after our journey began, Elijah came home. We brought home his monitors, and he was connected to tubes and wires. The very next night, Elijah was having issues breathing, and we were back in the NICU for another two and a half weeks before we were home for good. Our journey did not end there. Because of his severe preterm birth, Elijah had intense in-home therapy and was followed by multiple specialists as he continued to grow. When he was three, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes developmental delays and intellectual challenges. Elijah is also non-verbal and on the Autism spectrum. The first few years of his life were difficult as he struggled through more surgeries, illnesses and new diagnoses. Nevertheless, Elijah has continued to show his strength. Elijah is a force! We have now come into years five and six smiling and ready for another year. March of Dimes has been with Elijah every step of the way. We truly have been blessed with one of the most beautiful miracles a person can receive, the life of a child.


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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