The Gintoft Family
We are so grateful and honored to be serving as the 2019 March of Dimes Ambassador Family, and to be giving back to an organization whose mission is inspired by all babies, those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. The research conducted via the March of Dimes and the work of so many compassionate medical professionals is a wonderful partnership. The medical advancements provided in part with the March of Dimes has made many prematurity journeys a success. Together, we can make this a reality for many families, and bring hope to those that like our family, have had a loss however, look forward to a bright future where all babies have the opportunity to be born healthy.
Our daughter, Greta Forte Gintoft, was born on September 22, 2017 at 23 weeks 4 days. She was 1 lb. 7 oz when she was born and completely healthy, just born too early. Seventeen days later, Greta took a turn for the worse. The doctors and nurses spent six hours of attempting everything they could to stabilize her, but there was nothing more to be done. In the end, she was in septic shock from an infection. We held our daughter while saying goodbye and she died in our arms. It was the first time and the last time that we held her.
The doctors do not know what caused the premature labor. With a previous full-term birth and no family history or clinical cause, it remains a mystery. Almost half of preterm births are without known cause. Prematurity and its complications are the number one cause of death for babies globally. The preterm birth rate is 9.8 percent in the US and it’s rising. We walk for the March for Babies order to give all babies a fighting chance. We walk to better understand prematurity so one day it can be prevented. We walk so that no other family has to experience the loss of a child.
We ask today that you join us again by leading a team.
Your leadership and support are needed, so more babies have the opportunity to go home healthy. Please, will you March with us Saturday, April 27th at the Pettit Center.
Why do we walk? We walk for Greta. March with us.
With sincere gratitude,
-Amanda, Ryan & William Gintoft