Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. One out of every eight babies is born prematurely. I am walking in March for Babies because I want to do something about it. I know you care, too. That’s why I am asking you to join me.
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Every year they organize walk across the nations to spread the word about prematurity. 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.
I walk in memory of my-would-have-been-godson, Jeremiah Levi Bell. He was born at 21 weeks and 6 days. Jeremiah was kicking and swirling in his mommy’s belly till the last minute. We still do not know why he came to this world so early. I got a chance to meet him and I will remember him forever. Because of him I learn the hard truth that birth is not always a happy occasion. But it should be.
Another baby I am honoring with my walk is Madeline Alice Spohr. Maddie was born 11 weeks and 1 day prematurely. She spent first few month of her life in NICU unit. Her parents were terrified and came close to losing her during those weeks. But Maddie pulled through. That little girl with big blue eyes and huge smile was such a joy to her parents and people around her. I have not had a pleasure meeting her, but I read so many stories of her at her mom’s blog. Maddie left this world suddenly and unexpectedly at 17 month.
I want to make a difference. No child should go before his/her parents. No parents should go through saying farewell to their little once. That’s why I am marching for babies on April 25 in Mercer Park. Please join me in helping babies to get a healthy start in life.