It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since my first March of Dimes March for Babies walk. Last year Misty and I entered as a two person team and were able to raise just over $200 to help support the March for Babies cause. This year we have pledged to walk again, and with the help of my readers and social followers we hope to increase this years donations even more.
The March of Dimes March for Babies is a walking event that helps raise money to support community programs that help raise awareness and help mothers to have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The March for Babies also funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten babies and cause premature births.
The March of Dimes March for Babies is more than just a charity event for me; it is a reminder of the value of life and of the battles many babies have to go through just to make it through those first few months of life. I am a father of twins, and while they have grown to be happy, healthy toddlers, there was a point in time where my wife and I were terrified that maybe they wouldn’t make it. And even after they were home we continued to struggle with my daughter’s digestive problems and had to regularly monitor my sons heart murmur.
Sadly, many parents are less fortunate and many of their babies never make it home from the hospital. Last year during the event we spoke to many parents who had lost their little ones and heard he heartbreaking stories of being given a life just to have it tragically stripped away again.
To learn more about why the March of Dimes March for Babies means so much to me, you can read about the day my life changed forever; October 7, 2007. I know first hand the emotional turmoil that comes with a premature birth, and I know the heartache and the hardships parents go through those first months. I can only imagine how terrifying it must be to be a baby in that condition, to be hooked up to numerous machines and tubes left to sleep in a plastic box only to feel the warmth of a parents touch when visits permit. It’s hard, it’s miserable, and no parent should have to endure it, or the loss of their child.
So please, help us to fight premature births and make a donation today. Even if you donate only a dollar, your contribution goes a long way when added to all the other money raised by the March of Dimes for this cause. You can donate to the March for Babies using the link below, or if you’re interested in other ways to help or to join our team that is walking in Riverside on April 24, you can contact me directly.