I had a little brother in 1987. I was 7 years old and excited to get a little brother. My mom gave birth to James at Children's Hospital in D.C.. He was a big kid. I was excited to get to the hospital to see him. See him smile, hear him cry, and have him grab my finger as all babies do. But...my mom had to explain to me that James couldn't do any of that. James was born sick. He had a bunch of tubes, monitors, and machines around him. He didn't move much and I don't recall him ever making a sound. My mom said she did see him open his eyes one time. To this day I don't have a full understanding of what happened as I don't want to pain my mother with reliving the details. My little brother James only lived for 11 days.
Every day many babies are born premature or with birth defects. Some babies are born stillborn or, like my brother James, only live for a short while after birth. The March of Dimes, March for Babies is an effort to raise funds to help mothers and babies receive the best care during and after pregnancy. It also helps research efforts to find solutions to some of the biggest threats our little ones face before they make their debut to the world.
My Fraternity has been a partner with March of Dimes since the 80's. Fortunately, I'm an 80's baby who was born a healthy. Every year we march and raise funds to help bring awareness and fund research. If you'd like to make a donation, feel free to visit https://www.marchforbabies.org/team/phibetasigmaomicronzetasigma . For me, the donations won't help my brother...but they will surely help and give a chance at life to all of the other babies who need a little extra help when they are born. My Brothers and I will participate in a March this Sunday to further bring awareness. Feel free to join us. All of the event info is on our team page.
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