MARCH FOR BABIES: A MOTHER OF A MOVEMENT™


 

San Diego

Raised to date:
$127,856
Our goal: $230,000
 
Virtual
Celebration , San Diego, CA 92103
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 8:00 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

Please join us on Friday, March 5 at 9 a.m. for our March for Babies Kickoff where you'll learn more about the programs you’re helping fund by participating in March for Babies as well as helpful tips and tricks to kick off your fundraising. All participants who have registered for our 2021 campaign by our kickoff on March 5th, will be entered into a drawing for March of Dimes swag! Click here to register.

Join the movement!
This year, March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™ has a bold new vision. More than just a walk, it’s your entry into making a visible difference in your community now and for generations to come.
By participating in March for Babies, you’re lifting up communities for health equity, opening the door for all moms to have access to care and protecting the health of families by pushing for their rights. It’s no small feat—it’s a mother of a movement!
Start or join an existing team today, create an online fundraising page and let everyone know that you’re helping to make America a more equitable place and ensure that every mom and baby is healthy.

ABOUT THE LOCAL EVENT

We have exciting news! 2021 March for Babies will be the biggest and the best you’ve ever seen. Our reimagined 2021 March for Babies Virtual Experience is designed to get more people moving across the nation and in San Diego while raising funds to save the lives of moms and babies. Together, we will continue to fight that everyone is born healthy regardless of wealth, race or geography, but we can’t do it alone. We need you! Start by registering today and “walk” with us on May 15th!  If you have any questions about joining our walk, creating a fundraising team, sponsoring our event, or would like more information, please contact Jes Wade, 858.300.6402 or [email protected].
You can visit our Facebook page to learn more about San Diego March of Dimes.

 
 

EXPERIENCE PROGRESS* $127,856 RAISED (As of Friday, Mar 5, 2021)

Raised: $127,856

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Seth Belitsky
$6,010
2
Steven Jacobson
$2,229
3
Cynthia Kronemyer
$2,008
Top family teams
 
1
Hoopin' for Healthy Babies
$3,447
2
Team Roo
$103
Top non-family teams
 
1
Scripps Tower II
$10,249
2
Standard Drywall, Inc
$2,000
3
Murray Company
$1,545
 
*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!
 

2021 Ambassador Family

 

 

The Kronemyer Family

After many years of unsuccessful infertility treatments, our doctor suggested we take a newly devised test. We took it - and failed it. Having diagnosed our problem, our doctor told us we’d need to do in vitro fertilization. So we did. After what seemed like a long wait - we got GREAT news; not only was I pregnant...we were expecting twins!! A boy and a girl!! It was a dream come true...or so it seemed. After 5 months of a healthy, trouble-free pregnancy, our health care provider mandated that I begin having once a week checkups. It seemed odd to go to the doctor when I felt perfectly fine and wasn’t having any problems. Still - we wanted to ensure that our babies would be born healthy, so we scheduled a check up on day one of month six - 21 weeks into what should have been a 40 week pregnancy. At the first of these visits, I was being examined when the doctor exclaimed “Oh - you just had a contraction. Could you feel it?” I hadn’t felt anything. A few minutes later, the doctor told me that I’d had another contraction. Again, I felt nothing. So weird! In all the movies I had seen, once a woman’s contractions begin - she’s in pain. Yet for me - no pain at all. I really hadn’t noticed anything. Minutes later...another contraction. For me - this came as a huge shock. I was completely unaware that I was having contractions because I had felt no pain nor had I experienced anything else that registered concern or caused me to be alarmed. At that point my doctor told me that they would be transferring me over to the hospital. She additionally said that I needed to make whatever arrangements were necessary in case I needed to stay in the hospital for the remainder of my pregnancy. HOLY COW!!! Our new reality began to set in. If my pregnancy went full term - that meant I’d be in the hospital on bed rest for 4 months. As it turned out, even full time hospital bedrest was not enough to prevent our babies from being born prematurely. On December 3rd the twins arrived - almost 2 months early. Our daughter, Makena, was just 3 lbs. 5 oz., and our son, Cade weighed in at 3 lbs.13 oz.. Both babies were whisked away to the NICU where they had feeding tubes inserted and were put into incubators. Cade also was put on a respirator since he was not breathing on his own. Although the medical team in the NICU were highly skilled and did a great job - having premature babies stuck in the hospital for weeks and in some cases months makes for a rough start in life. Our situation was additionally challenging because of our own extenuating circumstances. The contractor who had been remodeling our home to make room for the twins had gone bankrupt leaving us with a house torn half open in the middle of what was a record cold winter. While my husband dealt with that, I got the news that my mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This compounded the postpartum depression that I had already been experiencing. With Christmas almost upon us, things weren’t too Merry for our little family. When Christmas Eve arrived that year, things were relatively calm but by no means bright. Dan and I were in a darkened NICU surrounded by beeping medical devices and dozens of medically fragile babies including our own dear Cade and Makena. While everyone we knew was attending holiday parties and church services, we were in the hospital feeling isolated, worried and alone.. Suddenly, and much to our surprise, a Santa arrived. He made his way around the NICU delivering small, cuddly stuffed bears to all of the families - a first Christmas gift for each of the babies in the hospital. More importantly, he offered a kind word, a friendly smile and hope for all good things in the coming year. I don’t believe I ever appreciated any Christmas present more than those 2 little bears sent by the March of Dimes and delivered by Santa. That gesture provided us with support at a time when we very much needed it. I’m happy to say that our story has a happy ending. Both Cade and Makena grew out of all of the problems that are a part of being born prematurely. With continued good medical care, our children did more than survive; they thrived! Currently they are sophomores in college and doing very well. As for the 2 little stuffed bears, we proudly display them in our home each and every Christmas. They remind us to be thankful for not only our wonderful children but for the support provided to us and so many other families by the March of Dimes. Our Ambassador Family is supported by Brady SoCal, Inc. and Helix Electric.

 

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