MARCH FOR BABIES: A MOTHER OF A MOVEMENT™


 

North Alabama

Raised to date
$93,974
Our goal $105,000
 
Big Spring Park
200 Church St. , Huntsville, AL 35801
Date: Saturday, May 04, 2024 10:00 AM
 
Date: May 04, 2024
Event Time: 10:00 AM
Registration Time: 9:00AM
Location:
200 Church St. , Huntsville, AL 35801
Big Spring Park

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

JOIN US TO MARCH FOR SOMETHING BIG!

Our country is facing an urgent maternal and infant health crisis. The U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for women and babies of color. By joining our March of Dimes community, you can help fund the research, programs, support and advocacy needed to turn this crisis around and improve mom and baby health. Together we need to UNITE, CONNECT, HONOR and CARE for families now.

March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™ is your chance to step up to make a real difference in your community now and for generations to come.

By joining us in this movement:

  • YOU’RE UNITING for health equity, opening the door for all moms to have access to care and protecting the health of families by advocating for their rights.
  • YOU’RE CONNECTING through year-round through customized challenges and team building activities that engage employees, families and friends who want moms and babies to be healthy and strong.
  • YOU’RE HONORING motherhood, babies and those who’ve experienced loss by staying active and creating change.
  • YOU’RE CARING for all families throughout their pregnancy—whether it goes as planned or has unexpected challenges— by raising critical funds, so moms and babies get the best possible start.

Take steps with March of Dimes’ community to protect the health of families today and for generations to come. Join March for Babies to ensure every mom and baby is healthy.

For more information on this event, please contact Ashley Toms at [email protected].  

KIDS SUPERHERO SPRINT!

Calling all Superheroes to join us in the March for Babies: A Mother of a MovementTM Superhero Sprint, sponsored by Publix!  The first run is right before the walk!  Kids should be ready to line up at 10:00 a.m. Join us! If your little one misses it, they can run after the walk, too. Each child will receive a superhero cape, while supplies last.

ABOUT THE LOCAL EVENT

Make plans to join our 2024 Chair, Eric Gonzalez-Tablada, Director - Retail Leasing and Sales, NAI Chase Commercial, Executive Leadership Team, and hundreds of members of our community joined together for the health of all moms, babies and families!  We can't wait to come together with all of you!

Registration opens at 9:00 am, Opening Ceremonies at 9:45 am, and the walk kicks off immediately after. The kids Superhero Sprint sponsored by Publix Super Markets, Inc. will take place right before the walk. Capes will be available on site. See you there!

Convert all cash and coins to checks prior to turning in fundraising. All checks should be made payable to MARCH OF DIMES. Incentive t-shirts are for participants who raise $100 or more. 

 

EXPERIENCE PROGRESS* $93,974 RAISED (As of Monday, Jun 17, 2024)

Raised: $93,974

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Morris Lilienthal
$6,363
2
Adam & Kyra Zewe
$4,337
3
Frank Tuck
$2,299
4
Jennifer Jones
$1,886
5
Henry and Janet Dickerson, Sr.
$1,704
Top family teams
 
1
Team_Will
$8,320
2
BabyJack
$4,337
3
Eric Gonzalez-Tablada
$1,333
4
Parker's Pack - AL
$1,306
5
Heidi's Team for Blanket Change
$1,190
Company, School & Org
 
1
ALPHA PHI ALPHA - AL
$16,048
2
PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS - AL
$12,788
3
NORTHROP GRUMMAN - AL HUNTSVILLE
$5,121
4
SIGMA GAMMA RHO - AL
$5,004
5
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY - AL
$3,241
 
 
*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!
 

2024 Ambassador

 

 

Parker Wooten

As some of you may know, the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for families of color. Black Women are 2 to 3x times more likely to die in childbirth than white women due to a variety of reasons. Black babies are 1.5 times more likely to be born preterm. Those statistics sound startling, but it’s even scarier when you become one of those statistics. During my first pregnancy, everything appeared to be going well. I followed all the doctor’s orders, took my vitamins, ate all the right things. Around week 33, I began experiencing swelling in my feet and lower legs. I’m a pharmacist by trade so sometimes swelling comes with the territory. We stand for hours while working. I didn’t think much of it until I started experiencing a headache. My husband and I had just returned home from our baby shower in Memphis. We were getting everything unpacked. He was preparing to leave later in the evening for a work trip. I decided to just take it easy and rest for the remainder of the evening. The headache progressed through the night to the point I couldn’t sleep anymore. I ended up calling my parents to let them know what was going on. My father got to my house quicker than I could finish talking. He and my mom suggested we check my blood pressure. To my surprise, my blood pressure was severely elevated. Panic started to set in, so we rushed to the ER. Of course we filled out paperwork and they ran more tests, while I anxiously waited to be seen by the doctor. He came in and explained I was experiencing the tell-tale signs of pre-eclampsia. My heart dropped. As a pharmacist, I knew the implications this could have for me and my son. They started me on magnesium to treat the blood pressure and insisted I try to rest. Early the next morning when my OB arrived, they made the decision that I would be having the baby via c-section that day. I was not expecting to hear those words. They begin prepping me for what to expect and more importantly figuring out if my husband would make it back to Huntsville in time for the birth. Thankfully, he made it just in time. Our son was born at 34 weeks and 1 day weighing 4 pounds and 6 ounces. He was the tiniest baby I had ever seen in person. This wasn’t the story we had written. This is not how we envisioned starting our family. My heart was literally broken the day the doctors came to discharge me. It was such an empty feeling to know I was leaving without my precious baby. Parker spent 37 long days in the NICU at Huntsville Hospital. I feel like I literally lived there for a month. We had quite a few scares during his stay. His biggest obstacle was eating, something we take for granted. I remember thinking what baby doesn’t eat?? Parker couldn’t digest the milk. We transitioned from breastmilk to formula, trying several different type before anything was resolved. It got so severe they thought he may have necrotizing entercolitis, which can be fatal. One of the hardest things about the NICU is not being able to hold and spoil your baby. One of my fondest memories in the NICU was the kangaroo care that allows you to hold the baby skin to skin. It has a variety of benefits for both the child and mother. I remember just being able to hold my son close and feel his little heartbeat. March of Dimes was instrumental in providing funding to the research behind this type of care. What I learned through this journey is every season serves a purpose. Although Parker’s stay in the NICU was not ideal, I learned so much from the awesome nursing staff. They spent the time to educate my husband and I on everything imaginable from diaper changes, correct bathing techniques, infant CPR, and even how to clear objects from a baby’s mouth. Parker is now a 8 year old healthy young man. He’s the sweetest most energetic, talkative person you’ll meet. I’m forever grateful to God that we have a happy ending. For so many families, that’s sadly not the case. Through your contributions to March of Dimes, we will UNITE, CONNECT, HONOR, and CARE for every family to improve maternal and infant health. Thank you for helping hundreds of thousands of families who, like us, have been personally affected by the work of March of Dimes. I encourage you to take it a step further. When you think through your commitment this year, imagine if it were your spouse, your daughter, your sister, or your friend. Each year, too many families deal with complications from pregnancy and preterm birth. Through your contribution to March for Babies, I’m confident we’re getting closer to a world where no mom or dad has to experience what we did. By being part of this movement, you are protecting the health of all families. We can’t wait to see you on May 4th at Big Spring Park!

 

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