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 nine-year old who loves 3rd 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 10th 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 28th! 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!
Heidi, Greg, Wyatt, Ellery & Sawyer Case
March of Dimes Mission Family
Ellery’s Entourage – “Like” us on Facebook
Together we've raised over $104,000!! THANK YOU for your amazing support!
Check out our March of Dimes Ambassador video from 2010...https://youtu.be/dJx-nk-SzNg