Guess what I'm doing?
I am walking on April 30th in the March for Babies 5k which will help raise money for the March of Dimes!!
I am walking in honor of my niece, Layla, who was born on July 31, 2010 at just 26 weeks gestation. She spent 13 long weeks in the hospital, many days fighting for her life. Day by day she got stronger, and then sometimes she would have setbacks. It was a hard time for her family. But thanks to the skilled medical team that worked with her and all the research done by the March of Dimes, Layla got the care that she needed and was able to go home with her family on October 26, 2010. It was a wonderful day! Layla is now a very happy and healthy 8 month old who brings her parents (and her 3 brothers and 3 sisters!) much joy.
Our sweet Layla
While we celebrate Layla, we also sadly remember all those little ones who never made it out of the NICU...or those who did make it out only to suffer from prematurity-related complications. Premature births are not always as successful as Layla's. Babies such as sweet Madeline Spohr, who was born at 28 weeks gestation, spent many weeks in the hospital, and then grew and got strong enough to go home with her parents. Such a joyous day! Maddie brought so much happiness to all those who came to know her, but especially to her parents, who cherished her so much. But due to her prematurity, Maddie's lungs were weak, and on April 6, 2009, she came down with a respiratory infection, and then suddenly passed away the very next day, April 7, 2009...when she was just 16 months old.
Happy, happy baby...sweet Maddie
November 11, 2007 ~ April 7, 2009
I am walking in celebration of Layla, and I am walking in memory of sweet Maddie...and all those other sweet babies that passed away due to being born too soon. The March of Dimes continues to do more research that will hopefully, one day, prevent premature births all together. Wouldn't that be a great day!
I know we all have our favorite charities that we like to support (there are so many good causes out there!) and if any of you happen to support the March of Dimes, will you please consider helping me reach my goal of $1,000 ? It's very simple to donate! You just go to my March of Dimes webpage and enter a donation amount (any amount, no matter how small, is helpful and very much appreciated!) and then choose your method of payment, enter the information....and that's it!
Thank you very much!
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