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MARCH FOR HEALTHY MOMS AND STRONG BABIES


 

Portland

Raised to date:
$27,738
Our goal: $189,000
 
Rose Quarter Commons
1 N Center Court Street , Portland, OR 97227
Date: Friday, May 15, 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!

 
 
ABOUT MARCH FOR BABIES

COVID-19 is only compounding the current maternal and infant health crisis facing our nation. While much remains unknown about the virus and its effects on pregnant women, unfortunately, we know from past public health emergencies that pregnant and lactating women are often overlooked as interventions to prevent or treat the disease are developed and distributed. As we face this public health emergency together, it is more important than ever before that we continue to fundraise and rally to fight for the health of all moms and babies. We need your help now more than ever!

I want to reassure you that our March for Babies celebration is still on! We need your help in continuing to rally the community around our cause for healthier moms and babies. We rely heavily on the engagement and fundraising activities in the time leading up to our event to support research, advocacy, and programs dedicated to moms and babies. We are excited to share new, virtual ways for us to connect and fundraise in the coming weeks. We will share more details here and by emailing our participants.

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: $27,738 *(As of Sunday, Apr 5, 2020)

Raised: $27,738

 
Top fundraisers
 
1
Rick Landreville
$4,120
2
Katie Mandzij
$1,453
3
Arley Hughes
$1,030
Top family teams
 
1
Jessica and Gabriella Mozeico
$550
2
For the love of Katrina
$527
3
Team Lil' VCR
$225
Top non-family teams
 
1
Team Tiny Feet- OHSU Doernbecher
$2,840
2
Pacific Power Portland
$1,503
3
Jack and Jill - Portland Willamette Valley
$739
 
*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.


Rewards

 
$100
- Early Bird! “Wear Your Why” button for $100 online by 8 weeks before your event
$100
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
$250
- March for Babies camp mug OR bamboo lunchbox + event t-shirt
$500
- March for Babies Game Day Jersey OR Game Day Stool + event t-shirt
$500
- Personalized "Why I Walk" sign displayed on the walk route
$1,000
- Champion for Babies Medal + pullover OR bluetooth speaker + event t-shirt
$2,500
- Champion for Babies Medal + duffel OR fleece + event t-shirt
$5,000
- Champion for Babies Medal + vest OR 1/2 zip shirt + event t-shirt
$7,500
- Champion for Babies Medal + rain jacket OR 2-person seat + event t-shirt
$10,000
- Champion for Babies Medal + Beats headphones OR heat vest + event t-shirt
 

 

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