Leila Manning


Why I walk

My twin sons, Liam and Ewan, were born at 24 weeks on Christmas Day, 2010. They were 16 weeks premature. They faced many challenges due to their prematurity. They battled each day for their lives - through infections, transfusions, and surgeries. Ewan died in my arms at 75 days old, due to an intestinal disease directly related to his prematurity. Liam came home from the NICU after 109 days, three days before his due date. He has been thriving ever since and is truly, a "Miracle Baby". Thanks to March of Dimes research, both of my boys benefitted from steroid therapy, prior to their birth, for lung and brain development, They both received surfactant therapy after birth to help their lungs continue to develop. Both boys were on ventilators and received respiratory therapies developed through March Of Dimes research. We often visited the March of Dimes website for more information on the treatments they were getting. I gained great insight into living life in the NICU from reading the Share Your Story forum on the MOD website. We started Team Pirate Power days after Ewan's death, to honor and celebrate both boys. We have raised over $180,000 for the March Of Dimes!

A million babies die, world wide, each year from complications of premature birth. Together, we can do something about this- through supporting March of Dimes’ research and advocacy programs. You can collect donations from family and friends, and make a personal donation to the March of Dimes today. Making a secure donation is easy: just click the 'donate now' button on this page. Thank you for helping me give all babies a healthy start!


With preterm birth rates continuing to rise, the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for women and babies of color.

At March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement you're lifting up communities, creating connections and taking action to make America a more equitable place and ensure that every mom and baby is healthy.

Together, we’re marching to raise funds and awareness to transform the health of all families!


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