Mike and Kristin Schwarz

Why I walk

Over the past 8 years, we have raised over $20,000 to support the March of Dimes and its quest to prevent premature birth. Ryan's younger sister, Audrey, is just as much an important part of the picture above. Not only did the March of Dimes play a key role in the medical treatment that was available during the first critical weeks of Ryan's life, but we were truly grateful to have taken advantage of several preventative measures supported by the March of Dimes to give us the best opportunity possible to carry Audrey to 37.1 weeks which is considered FULL-TERM. We continue to share our story below because the memories of Ryan's birth will remain with us forever, and we know that each and every dollar can help change the outcome of future births.

This cause is extremely near and dear to our hearts as Ryan was born over 2 months before his expected due date, only weighing 3 lbs 9 oz. He spent 35 days in the NICU at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was delivered, and it was the 5 longest weeks of our entire lives. In about 4 of every 10 prematurity cases, the causes of premature birth are unknown. We also do not have a definitive answer as to why this happened. We are incredibly lucky with the outcome of both Ryan's premature birth and Audrey's full-term birth, and there is no doubt that March of Dimes is partly responsible for this. We also know that there are many families that have not been so fortunate, and by raising awareness we can help make a difference in the future. Please join us in supporting our March for Babies and giving back just a little for the 2 priceless lives in which we are beyond grateful. Thank you, Mike, Kristin, Ryan & Audrey

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: $5,500
Saturday, May 06, 2017
31 Donors | 409 Visitors

Sponsor messages

Jeannette Kinter
5 months ago
Love you guys! March on! Xoxo
Warren Gerhardt
5 months ago
I hope you reach your goal and good luck on the walk. the Gerhardt's love you and miss you. WG
Amelia Sheret
5 months ago
So proud of all your accomplishments towards March of Dimes!!! You guys are amazing:) Have a fun day at the walk!
Sandy and Tim Giblin
5 months ago
Hope the Day is warm and no rain - you are so lucky to be blessed with those 2 wonderful children - Hugs from Great Aunt Sandy !!!
Amanda Funk
5 months ago
Love you guys! xoxo
Charles Rowland
5 months ago
Congratulations on your continued support for March of Dimes!!
Cheryl Waite
5 months ago
Christopher Godwin
6 months ago
Keep kicking butt, Schwarz's!
Anthony Fillipelli
6 months ago
Thanks for walking and keep up the good work
Robert Khurana
6 months ago
Good luck guys!
Reed and Gloria Rodman
6 months ago
Love You!!
Mark Ruzomberka
6 months ago
Good Luck!
Nancy and Joe Griswold
6 months ago
Love you guys, good luck with the walk. Aunt Nancy and Uncle Joe
Paul Bearn
6 months ago
You guys are awesome! Good luck on the walk! -- Paul, Tuchi & Sammi
Padraic Quinn
6 months ago
Happy to help you all keep walking
Ryan Payne
6 months ago
Good Luck!!
Anna Hoffmaster
6 months ago
Always thinking of you and my great grandchildren. Best of Luck.
Hayley Daubert
6 months ago
Love you guys!!
Nathan Campbell
6 months ago
Have a great walk!
7 months ago
Wishing you all the best for your walk and the whole year through!
Carol Kleiner
7 months ago
Good luck again this year.
Richard & Diane Schwarz
8 months ago
Proud to contribute again this year!!!
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