Stephanie Feals

Why I walk

Right now, babies need all the help they can get. Premature birth affects about 380,000 babies here in the United States. As you may know, Kennedy is one of those babies. Kennedy was born one hour before reaching 28 weeks. She weighed just 2 lbs 2 oz and measured 14 inches. A few days after birth, she developed a very serious lung condition, and there were many scary days in the NICU.

She received multiple doses of surfactant - a therapy the March of Dimes helped develop - and spent close to 4 weeks on a high-frequency ventilator. She then spent 4 more weeks on other oxygen therapies, and by her 2 month birthday she was breathing room air on her own. She spent another 4 weeks in the hospital (bringing her hospital stay to 12 full weeks) while her lung condition improved and learning skills like how to regulate her body temperature and how to eat by mouth.

Thanks to research and development through the March of Dimes and amazing care in the NICU, Kennedy is now a smiley, chatty, healthy 17 month old, who is hitting all of her milestones on time!



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.

$1,577
Fundraising goal: $1,750
Saturday, April 29, 2017
7 Donors | 148 Visitors

Sponsor messages

Claudia Ziegler
1 day ago
Such a worthy cause and you're doing an outstanding job! Go Kennedy go!
Linda Hickman
6 days ago
Great cause - thank you for what you and the teams are doing. As the parent of a 3lb premie, the support of organizations like this is so important. The ability to bring your baby home after many months in the NICU is a feeling that words cannot describe. Thank you!
Lorie Bernard
2 months ago
Stephanie- I can not think of a better Ambassador Family, than you guys! You & Brian went through lots of struggles, with Kennedy's premature birth, but you were amazing and turned a hardship into awareness. You are helping so many other families and most importantly saving precious babies lives! Kennedy was and is a fighter and a BEAUTIFUL & AMAZING little girl! God bless you all! I wish I could give more but I am rooting you on, from PA! xo Chris, Lorie, and the Boys

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