As most of you know, this charity is very close to my heart. This is for my son and all the other babies who have great needs and are considered "at risk children" because of their prematurity. On April 29th, Zack, Kevin, Jake, Cassidy and I will be doing our NINTH annual 3 mile walk for the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes is an organization who is dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
In 2007, Zack was born two months early. Was it not for the care that was available to me and the amazing care he received in the NICU for his first month of life he would be struggling with many other issues. As of this year, he is doing amazingly well at the ripe old age of almost 9 1/2. It took half a decade, but Zack can finally eat anything anyone else can and he is just thriving. He has become quite the gymnast!
In 2010, our daughter Corinne was born at 23 weeks. She lived only a short while. If I had been able to hold on a little longer she would have been eligible for surfactant shots which were pioneered by the March of Dimes. We were so grateful to have that available to us even though she wasn't quite strong enough. So many other babies are surviving and thriving thanks to that medication.
2011 brought us our newest (and last!) miracles, Jake and Cassidy. In the 26th week of my pregnancy I was admitted to the hospital where I received those emergent surfactant (steroid) shots in the fear that I would be delivering soon. Thanks to the amazing team at the hospital, weekly progesterone shots (the March of Dimes works VERY hard to make sure these are available to get every high risk pregnancy to 40 weeks!) and a lot of patience (who knew I had any!), Jake and Cassidy made it to almost 37 weeks. Jake came straight to me and Cassidy spent only two days in the NICU!! SUCCESS! Today they are happy, healthy and 5 1/2 year old kindergarteners! I truly feel that I owe our family to the March of Dimes.
I live, I love, I walk to honor Zack and his struggle, to celebrate Jake and Cassidy and to cherish the memory of our sweet Corinne. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for ANY amount you can pledge to us.