Li Santiago

Why I walk

Hi, my name is Li Alexius Santiago. I was born early. I was born at only 24 weeks. That's four months too soon! I was the size of a ruler. I only weighed 1 lb. 13oz. and I was sick. I spent a long time in the hospital, 97 days. I'm so glad I got to come home and get to know my mom and dad. My life hasn't been always easy since then. I have seen many pictures of return trips to the hospital. I can remember some of those times and I don't like needles! I follow a very special diet to help stay healthy. I don't eat wheat or anything with milk. I am so happy that there are a lot of things my mom buys special for me so that I can have treats like cupcakes.

I like school and reading. I hope to one day be a doctor or an artist. Or, maybe a doctor who does art on the side. I know I want to go to college too.

I walk so that all babies can have a chance to grow up healthy. I want all babies to have a chance to meet their families. You can help babies too. Walk with me or donate money to help the March of Dimes in their mission.

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: $2,500
Saturday, April 29, 2017
15 Donors | 143 Visitors

Sponsor messages

Jill Brauch
1 day ago
So sorry we couldn't walk with you this year! Have fun!! Aunt Jill & Uncle Denny
Stacy Smith
1 day ago
Li, you are an inspiration! Just look how far you've come from your very hard beginning! I'm so proud to know such a strong, intelligent, caring young man. No wonder your family is so proud of you! Go get 'em!!!
Bobby Talkington
2 days ago
Li, we're more than happy to donate to your foundation. It's awesome to see you and your family, especially your awesome Abuelo, participating in a march that benefits other kids. Sincerely, Bobby Talkington On behalf of Signature Foods, GOOD LUCK
4 days ago
Saludos a Elvin y Familia!!!
Amy Leng
8 days ago
Hi Li, We are glad to made the contribution to your foundation! Love, Polar Family
Eric Miller
8 days ago
Iberia Foods Corp donates to this wonderful cause as long as Elvin the grandfather walks the whole distance. Sincerely, Eric Miller and the Iberia Foods Family
Eusebio Fernandez
9 days ago
Li, we have never met but I like you already. A doctor and an artist, great combination! Its incredible how a young man like yourself has an appreciation for life and wanting to help others live a normal, healthy life shows what a great doctor you will be. Always keep your head up and walk tall. God Bless you. Eusebio and family
Angel Martinez
9 days ago
God always bless you !
Aaron Conroy
3 days ago
Go team Li!
ignacio sangronis
9 days ago
All the best. A magician Elvin`s friend.
Kenneth Faziio
9 days ago
God Bless you Li!
Elvin Santiago
9 days ago
Love You, Abuelo Elvin
Andrea Giraldo
14 days ago
Go Santiago Family!
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