Heidi Case

Why I walk

We continue our quest and mission for all babies to have a healthy start, and hope you'll support us again this year. Walk with us at Mall of America - we'd LOVE to have you join us! Click the "Walk with me" button above. Or consider a donation - every dime is greatly appreciated!

Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect in the US.  Birth defects are a leading cause of death among babies, accounting for about 20% of death in the first year of life.  Babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness and long term disability than babies born healthy.

Ellery was born seven weeks early due to rare and life-threatening birth defects she developed while in the womb. Hydrops and congenital chylothorax, a leak in her lymphatic system that caused her tiny body to fill up with fluid, threatened Ellery's life. She was given a 5% chance at survival.

During Ellery's first hours, she developed pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the lungs. She was on the highest dose of meds, along with nitric oxide therapy.  We were told Ellery had "no reserves left".  We took somber photos and tried to make memories. It was a terrifying time.

Thankfully, a 1996 grant from the March of Dimes provided two brilliant doctors the opportunity to create nitric oxide therapy.  Ellery’s doctor later told us she would have died without nitric oxide therapy. We are forever grateful for the March of Dimes and all they do to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. They strive to help all babies have a healthy beginning.

Today, Ellery is a healthy, happy eight-year old who loves 2nd grade, dance, crafts, LEGOs, watching movies, and playing video games with her brothers!

In honor of Ellery (and our sons, Wyatt and Sawyer), we walk in the March of Dimes' largest fundraiser, March for Babies. This is our 9th year walking and raising awareness and funds - we couldn't do it without your support!  We don't want another family to endure the pain of watching their child fight for life, and we want all families to bring home their babies.

We invite you to walk with us at Mall of America on Saturday, April 29th! It's FREE and you'll feel great giving back. If you can't walk with us, please consider giving what you can to give more babies tomorrow!

Thank you for your support!

Heidi, Greg, Wyatt, Ellery & Sawyer Case

March of Dimes Mission Family

Ellery’s Entourage – “Like” us on Facebook

Together we've raised over $100,000!! THANK YOU for your amazing support!

Check out our March of Dimes Ambassador video from 2010...https://youtu.be/dJx-nk-SzNg

Your gift matters

Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Fundraising goal: $5,000
Saturday, April 29, 2017
116 Donors | 2136 Visitors

Sponsor messages

Katherine Prochnow
2 months ago
Best wishes for a great walk!! Such a great family and organization.
Bonnie Larson
2 months ago
Always late minute, I know. Always a good cause! Have a great walk!
Sarah Craig
2 months ago
Go Ellery! Go babies!!
Paula McCosh
2 months ago
What a great cause! Thanks for doing this!
Kevin Myers
2 months ago
Thank you for all the great work you and the team do!
Janet Carlson-Casa De Calvo
2 months ago
Heidi - thank you for your continued relentless work to fundraise for such an important mission. I appreciate all the time and work you put into this year after year to raise money for such an important cause! So grateful our girls beat the odds and survived, thanks in part to the March of Dimes!
Dale Phillips
3 months ago
Great job Heidi!
Michael Hoffman
2 months ago
Good luck on the walk! btw Crystal Larsen is totally awesome!
Steve Heath
2 months ago
Way to go. Keep on walking!
Troy Cardinal
2 months ago
Keep up the great work! Best wishes, Troy and Betsy
Thomas M Kirley
3 months ago
Thank you for allowing us to participate in this important work.
Laura Iverson
3 months ago
Mary Molumby
3 months ago
Thanks for all you do for the babies!
Maureen McGowan
3 months ago
Thanks for all your hard work. Maureen
Jeff Urban
3 months ago
Congrats Heidi and your team!
Erin Beaudette
3 months ago
Thanks for continuing to support our premature babes!!!
Angela Deegan
3 months ago
Woo Hoo - I'm so proud to support your amazing efforts in the fight to give all Babies a fighting chance!
Abby Jimenez
3 months ago
Thank you for fundraising with Nadia Cakes!
Colleen Hunter
3 months ago
In support of the Case family and all babies born too soon. Sending lots of love!! Colleen, Don and Chase
Heidi Case
3 months ago
$5 Friday! To help prevent birth defects and lower the prematurity rate!
Erika Aga
3 months ago
Go Ellery's Entourage!!
Heidi & Greg Case
3 months ago
In honor of Ellery's half birthday, so more babies can have birthdays!
Amanda LaGrander
4 months ago
Such a great cause!!! I love how much time and heart you put in to this!!! ??
Karen Gresback
3 months ago
Thanks to you and your family for all you do to support this organization.
Mai Yau
4 months ago
Every time I read your story, it inspires me. Thank you!
Susan Uecker-Case
4 months ago
Sending Love to all of you - Happy Spring! :)
Becky Max
4 months ago
It is an honor & a blessing to support such an awesome cause for an amazing family! Many hugs to you, Heidi & Greg, Ellery, Wyatt & Sawyer!
Juliana Bixby
4 months ago
So proud of you Heidi for always raising as much $$ as you do!
Danielle Prenevost
4 months ago
Go team!!
Megan Carlson
4 months ago
Keep up the great work!!!??
Katie Haflund
4 months ago
Happy birthday pretty lady! Thank you for all you do for precious babies!!
michael hughes
4 months ago
Happy Birthday Heidi!!! Hi Ellery, I have followed your story and I am so proud of you! You keep up the good work and give your mommy a hug for me!! Your family is an amazing family. I hope your year is filled with many blessings, good health and tons of laughter. :o)
JoAnn Dreistadt
20 days ago
In honor of my great-granddaughter, Ellery Case.
Kristie Fowler
4 months ago
So proud of your efforts!
Hanna Jackson
4 months ago
Sorry we are missing Ellery's big event today, there in spirit! What a strong little lady she is! Much love to all of you! Brody, Hanna, Finley and Fletcher Jackson
Lisa Luehman
4 months ago
We love watching Ellery grow! She is an amazing girl!
Jeff Ellingson
4 months ago
Thank you for all you do to support The March of Dimes! Jeff, Christine, Hailey & Logan
Regina Lieser
4 months ago
We hope you meet your goal; such an amazing cause! Love, The Lieser family :) especially Ella
Heidi Case
4 months ago
In honor of World Birth Defects Day!
Barb and Steve Gritzmacher
4 months ago
Thank you Heidi for all you do for your kids as well as kids in other families.
Ona Pradhan
5 months ago
Thinking of your family. I always wanted a daughter. A better life for her. I have her. I truly live my life to give her what she needs. I think of you and Ellery and know how special your relationship is. I would do anything in my power. Go Ellery!
Anne Davini-Johnson
5 months ago
Way to go, Ellery and family!!
Amy Mitchell
5 months ago
Thank you for being so passionate for such an important cause!
Greg and Heidi Case
5 months ago
In honor of Ellery's Health Anniversary! Thank you, March of Dimes!
Greg and Heidi Case
5 months ago
In honor of our children, Wyatt, Ellery and Sawyer.
Melissa Galvin
5 months ago
Go Team Ellery! ;0)
Jenni Thoen Pinski
5 months ago
You are an inspiation! Keep up the great work!
Kathleen Benscoter
5 months ago
Thanks for all you do to help babies and families! Best wishes for another successful walk!
Heidi Case
6 months ago
To kick-off our 2017 fundraising year!
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