Carissa Sauer

Why I walk

Braden was born in 2004, 10 weeks too soon. He weighed 1 lb. 11 oz. and was 12.5 inches long. He spent 77 long days in the NICU before we finally got to take him home. Braden will be a TEENAGER in June! He is doing absolutely fabulous! He started middle school this year and although it has been a transition - he is doing well! He still loves monster trucks, the Navy, playing with friends, Drawing and reading all the historical non-fiction he can! He continues to make us laugh on a daily basis and we couldn't love him more. His brother Blake was born on January 30, 2009. He was born 12 weeks too soon. He weighed 1 lb. 6 oz. and was 11.25 inches long. After 68 days in the NICU, we were finally able to be a family of 4 together at home! Blake turned 8 in January and he truly has been an awesome addition to our family!! He is loving 2nd Grade and makes friends whereever he goes. He LOVES the all genres of music and dancing and you can always find him with a book in his hand too :) He will be starting guitar lessons soon and can't wait!!

This year we are also walking in honor of 4 Angels. Evan, born sleeping to my cousin James and his wife Liz. Such a beautiful life, wanted desperately and missed terribly. There are no words for that pain. My childhood friend Jill, gave birth to two beautiful babies, Marie and Samuel. They were born too soon and with too many complications, and sadly they did not make it home. No mother should have to leave the hospital without her children... We are also walking in special honor of Lilly Elizabeth Longtin. Her Mommy became a team member six years ago as Braden's amazing Kindergarten teacher and we are lucky to call her friend. Sadly, their first born daughter was born sleeping, again, total heartbreak. THIS is why we still walk - this is a brutal reminder that there is still SO MUCH WORK TO BE DONE! Please join us in saying thanks for our boys while honoring the memory of these precious babies who have forever changed the lives of those who have known and loved them!

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: $5,800
Saturday, May 06, 2017
69 Donors | 666 Visitors

Sponsor messages

Elizabeth Lance
7 months ago
Sorry I was late this year! It's been a crazy couple of months:) So happy to see you made your goal!
Jill Jakub
7 months ago
Carissa & Family, Thanks for all you do for the March of Dimes. You are touching and changing lives. Thanks for remembering our brave son and sweet daughter. May God Bless you!!!
Shawna Green
7 months ago
Renee Wuest
7 months ago
We look forward to joining you on Saturday morning. Blake, your letter rocks! Future career in fundraising?
Leah Sirois
7 months ago
We love you guys!!
Kate Stclair
7 months ago
Love you sweet friend. xo
Sarah Morehead
7 months ago
Always love to see the photos of the boys and how amazing they are. Love you all.
Cole & Denise Moore
7 months ago
Go Team Miracle Monsters! We love you! XXOXX P.S. I'm going to fill out the paperwork for my company to match my contribution.
Kelli Hamilton
8 months ago
Hope you have a great day for the walk!
Judith Gooding
8 months ago
You go, monsters!
Sarah Alex
8 months ago
Miss all you crazies...HUGS!!!
Judy Sasek
8 months ago
Keep up the great work you continue to do on behalf of these beautiful babies!
Diane Furasek
8 months ago
Thank you so much! Knowing you do this for Sam and Marie mean more than words can ever say. May God Bless you and your family. Rich and Diane.
Karen Sauer
8 months ago
We love you and all you do for the tiny babies and their parents!
Terri Andres
8 months ago
Loved seeing that boy sing in church! Such blessings they both are. Keep up the great work!
Katharine Schroeder
8 months ago
Braden and Blake are so special and are both such wonderful reminders of how precious life is! What amazing, strong boys! Your family is an inspiration to us.
Steven Sklenar
8 months ago
Miss and Love You ALL!! Steven Sklenar
Hannah Sklenar
8 months ago
Walk On Girl!! Love, Hannah Sklenar
Ashley Schueth
8 months ago
Thanks for all you do, Carissa!!!!!
Joan Sieczkowski
8 months ago
Hope you make your goal. Love those boys!
Teresa Searls
8 months ago
Keep up the great work. Love ya.
Laura Gross
8 months ago
Loved getting a chance to see you and those two adorable Miracle Monsters!! Hugs from the West!
Michelle Carlson
8 months ago
Love you guys!!
Gary & Roxie Delisi
8 months ago
Wow, they were really small.
Melissa Spencer
8 months ago
Always happy to support a wonderful cause!!
Theresa Feldmann
8 months ago
Go Team Miracle Monsters! Love, Teri Wahlig
Colleen Fantz
9 months ago
Best of luck with your walk this year! You all do an amazing job!
Jean Knockel
9 months ago
Have a great walk! Miss you guys!
Jaclyn Pham Haynes
9 months ago
We love y'all oodles! Have another fabulous walk season!
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