Portland StepUp

Raised to date:
Our goal: $189,000
Rose Quarter Commons
1 N Center Court Street , Portland, OR 97227
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020 10:00 AM

Important Update

Our March for Babies celebration is still on, but it looks a little different! We are rapidly preparing for a new, virtualized event that will be fun and engaging for everyone. This change in format aligns with the newly released CDC guidance for large events, to help ensure the safety and health of our participants. More details on our new format to come soon!



During the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, moms and babies can’t wait. Delivery can’t wait.

By joining March for Babies Step Up! you are helping moms and babies across the country, during a time when it’s needed most. Thanks to you we are adding new programs and resources to help families during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Your fundraising supports:

  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks

and so much more!

There are so many ways to join March for Babies Step Up!

  1. Register here at by clicking "JOIN THIS EVENT".
  2. After registering, you can download the app to participate in our step-tracking challenges.
  3. Start stepping and share your story using #MarchforBabies and #MFBStepUp! You can use our fun social tools to help you spread the word!
  4. Request pledges from friends and family – don’t be shy!
  5. And don’t forget to make your own donation!

You can earn fun March of Dimes fundraising rewards – now through August 15!

And don’t forget - March of Dimes is here to serve as a resource for you, providing the latest information on COVID-19 on our webpage. You can also learn about our newly launched COVID-19 Intervention and Support Fund to ensure families stay informed about COVID-19, and that interventions are developed with moms and babies top of mind and then distributed so everyone across our country has access. Find more here.


EVENT PROGRESS* - Raised: $51,003 *(As of Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020)

Raised: $51,003

Top fundraisers
Rick Landreville
Katie Mandzij
Jessica Mozeico
Top family teams
Jessica and Gabriella Mozeico
Alex and Luc Turn 14!
For the love of Katrina
Top non-family teams
Nike NExT Team
Pacific Power Portland
Team Tiny Feet- OHSU Doernbecher
*The total amount displayed reflects the amount on the team or personal fundraising progress bar. If the progress bar is not displayed on the team or personal page, the team/person won't be displayed on the leaderboard. Leaderboard totals reflect cash and checks marked "received" on the online sponsor form as well as credit card and PayPal donations. Team captains can enter as cash and mark "received" any money raised through promotions, such as bake sales and casual days and any sponsorship money paid to the March of Dimes, on their team's online form. Record all donations on your online sponsor form before you turn in cash and checks to the March of Dimes!

Our ambassador



The Mozeico Family

Our story begins with an end. Two and a half years prior to my daughter Gabriella’s birth, I lay crying as my reproductive endocrinologist explained that this was the end of my IVF road and diagnosed me with “unexplained infertility”. I thought that was the end of my motherhood chapter. You can imagine my surprise when I found myself pregnant at age 42. When I was 32 weeks pregnant, I was getting ready to head to the airport for a business trip to San Francisco (unbeknownst to me my friends were actually planning a surprise baby shower) and my water broke. As I headed to the hospital I remember thinking it was good that that the hospital was so close to the airport so that I could catch a later flight. It had not even crossed my mind that I would not be leaving the hospital. The OB on call immediately administered lung surfactant to Gabriella to assist with her lung development. Seven hours later, I went into labor. Around 11:00pm, I was rushed into surgery for an emergency C-section because after Gabriella’s heartrate had dipped too many times. Ten seconds after surgery began; I heard the best sound in the world, Gabriella crying. The nurses brought her to me and I held her for a few minutes before they took her away. I felt an unbelievable wash of joy, love, and amazement upon seeing her for the first time. I also felt in awe of this little fighter. Seeing her under bilirubin lights, on a CPAP machine, with many wires and tubes connected to her was overwhelming. The neonatologist said, “Welcome to your new full time job.” Gabriella and I were in the NICU for a month while she developed the strength to eat without a feeding tube. I was petrified of every task of caring for her, thinking I would hurt her. Today, Gabriella is four and absolutely thriving. She loves swimming, airplanes, her Montessori preschool, and wants to be either a doctor or an ambulance driver and a mom. We are the Ambassador Family for March for Babies because Gabriella and I want to give back. One of the ways we give back is through my winery, Et. Fille (which means “And Daughter”), by donating a portion of the proceeds of the Gabriella wine to organizations providing support for moms and babies. What we give as donors matters. The money raised helps the March of Dimes lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They fund research that has shown to optimize outcomes & find lifesaving breakthroughs. It is about providing support to families with premature babies and comfort and assistance to mothers whose babies do not survive. It is about advocating for governmental policies that prioritize the health of all moms and babies. Gabriella and I want to raise support and awareness because not all are as lucky as we are. Over 8% of nearly 44K babies born in Oregon each year are born prematurely and it is the leading cause of death in children under age five.


- Early Bird! “Wear Your Why” button for $100 online by 8 weeks before your event
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
- March for Babies camp mug OR bamboo lunchbox + event t-shirt
- March for Babies Game Day Jersey OR Game Day Stool + event t-shirt
- Personalized "Why I Walk" sign displayed on the walk route
- Champion for Babies Medal + pullover OR bluetooth speaker + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies Medal + duffel OR fleece + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies Medal + vest OR 1/2 zip shirt + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies Medal + rain jacket OR 2-person seat + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies Medal + Beats headphones OR heat vest + event t-shirt


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Thank you to our local sponsors


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