This is my ninth year raising money for March of Dimes. In that time, they've found a cause for Retinopathy of Prematurity, which compromised my son's vision. The money that we've raised will help so many of the tiniest kids have a better chance to see. Who knows what breakthrough will be next?
This year, I'm going many steps further than in the past. Instead of just walking 3 miles for the cause, I'm celebrating my 50th birthday by dedicating a series of races to the March of Dimes. Now that I've gotten in shape, I'll be running a number of races in early May: the runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge 5K, the Fleet Feet Sports 10K Classic, the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge (3.5 miles), and possibly the SPAC Rock + Run 10K. For those keeping track, that would be a total of 19 miles of racing in just over two weeks (plus the 3-mile walk)! Want to help me celebrate turning 50 by donating per mile? That would be awesome!
My first son died five minutes after he was born. If it weren't for the March of Dimes, my second son would have likely faced the same fate.
The March of Dimes the leading organization in support of research into therapies, medications and treatments designed to prevent prematurity and complications arising from premature birth. Through their push to have surfactant and decadron therapies used when premature birth is unavoidable, they saved my son's life.
My first son wasn't that lucky. There's still a hole in my heart from losing him that will never go away.
My sons are only two of the millions of stories to be told about premature babies. Thousands are born every day. Some are lucky, like my second son. Some are not. Many who survive still suffer from many medical conditions and need a great deal of help to live what even approximates normal lives.
Parents should take their children home from the hospital, not to the cemetery. For more on why I walk, visit my blog.
Every year, I am dumbfounded by the support from my friends, family, co-workers, and (especially) my MousePlanet family. The people who read the stories I wrote and listened to the podcasts I recorded have been stupendously generous in supporting my fundraising to support this cause.
Every dollar counts. Please give generously.
As always, thank you so much for your support.
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.