This year, I will again be fundraising for March of Dimes by participating in the March for Babies in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. This year, however, I am going to attempt one of my 101 in 1001 goals and attempt to raise $1500 for this charity!
When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to visit a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Washington Medical Center as part of my anatomy and physiology class. The children sent to the NICU can be born many months before their due date. Some of the children that had been born prematurely weighed just slightly more than two pounds. Some had arms that were no thicker than my pinkie finger. All were fighting for their lives. Thanks to recent medical advances, many made it. Unfortunately, others did not.
That visit was life changing. In the coming years, I have known several families, both military and civilian, that have had premature babies born at various stages. In fact, the teacher who brought us down to the UWMC for our Field Trip ended up racing down there no more than a month later as his own daughter decided that waiting was just not her thing. She was in the NICU for many months, even undergoing heart surgery to correct a portion of her heart that had not had time to develop. Today she is a very healthy and active little girl.
I’ve been a proud supporter of March of Dimes since my time in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) in high school. For 75 years, the March of Dimes has helped babies get a healthy start in life. The money I raise for the March for Babies will support programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and will fund research to prevent premature birth and birth defects.
If you feel compelled to donate, please click on the donate button on the top right side of the page. If you are not comfortable donating online, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can send you an address where you could send a check or even cash. Anyone who donates will be publicly thanked on this blog (if you so choose)! If you are a business that would like to help me in this endeavor, I would love to publicly thank you by writing a letter to the editor of the newspaper of your choice. All donations are tax deductible.
This charity has always been important to me, and I hope that we can work together to give more babies a healthy start in life.