Michael Mistak

Why I walk

April is a storied month in the Mistak household. In less than a month (April 12th) Jessica and I will be celebrating John Michael's 7th birthday. During the first 48 hours of John's life celebrating a seventh birthday seemed like the remotest of possibilities. While he was a generous weight for a 28 weeker at 4 pounds 1 ounce, he was born very ill. In a lot of ways he was more symptomatic of a 24-26 weeker. His blood pressure remained far too low and his prognosis would become far more grim if that didn't change soon. Luckily his blood pressure did eventually normalize. Though John would require a surgery prior to leaving his 52 day stay in the NICU, three surgeries since graduating from the NICU and a small army of doctors and therapists; John is a happy and dare I say healthy (soon to be) seven year old. John has been a blessing to me, his Mother, his Grandparents and all of our extended family and friends. This would not be possible without the research funded by donors such as you. A little more than two weeks after John's Birthday (April 30th) we will celebrate the fourth birthday of John's brother Patrick. Patrick is also a success story for the March of Dimes. Knowing that following a premature birth, expectant mothers have to be particularly careful; Patrick, through his Mother's diligence and the accumulated knowledge and experience of the March of Dimes, was the product of a full-term pregnancy. Saturday (April 30th) Jessica & I will be participating in our 7th March of Dimes March for Babies. While I am generally uncomfortable with soliciting for donations, I ask that you consider making a donation (no matter the size) for the March of Dimes March for Babies. As the recipient of not 1 but 2 miracles that the March of Dimes undoubtedly contributed to, I can think of no greater reward than to help future parents be capable of stating the same thing.

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: $1,000
Saturday, April 29, 2017
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Sponsor messages

Patricia Seleski
7 months ago
Inspired by John, so that all babies have a fighting chance. Go, team John Michael!

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