The walk is coming up in less than 2 weeks. Unless you’re super new around this blog, you know that the walk is the March for Babies, a fundraiser benefiting the March of Dimes. You also probably know the main reasons why we participate in this walk every year. However, I think it’s an important reminder, not only for you, but also for myself, why we work so hard raising money each year.
People support different charities and organizations for different reasons. Most have a personal connection with either the cause or the organization. We have both with the March of Dimes.
If there’s not a cause or organization that you can relate to, talk to your friends and family. Chances are, there is something someone feels passionate about. Supporting a friend or family member can be just as rewarding. Not only is your money/time/support going to an important cause, but you are standing with someone you love, and helping them with something they truly believe in.
After going through a traumatic pregnancy, delivery, and hospital stay, I found myself feeling unbelievably grateful to everyone that had helped us make it through. It was one of the hardest parts of my life, and I wasn’t even the one struggling to survive.
The strength of my twins still amazes me to this day. Born at just 25 weeks, 5 days, they missed out on an entire trimester in my belly. They had to learn to survive in an incubator, with machines, doctors, and nurses doing everything they could to help them.
The lights and sounds were too much stimulation for a baby that’s supposed to be protected in the womb for another 15 weeks. Their new substitute wombs kept them warm, kept out the sounds, and had to be covered to keep out the light. Their eyes were still fused together, and their skin translucent. Little P weighed just a little over a pound, and Big C a little over 2 lbs. They could not protect themselves, and I could no longer protect them. We needed help.
They had to learn to breathe, regulate their temperatures, fight off infections, and eventually, eat and grow. They each endured countless blood draws, blood transfusions, and were kept alive with tub and wires everywhere.
While it broke my heart to see them like that, I knew it had to be done. I could only touch my babies with one finger for the first week, and it had to be gentle pressure, not a soft stroke. That was even too much for them to handle. I couldn’t hold my babies until they were over 2 weeks old.
But, we are the lucky ones. Both of my babies survived, and are doing wonderful now.
Without the medical advancements made in premature birth, we might not be so lucky. The March of Dimes is responsible for many of those medical advancements. They are also responsible for creating awareness about our smallest, sickest babies.
Even with all of these medical advancements, it’s not enough. Not every baby survives. Many babies have a much rougher journey through prematurity, if they do make it. It is the mission of the March of Dimes to give every baby a healthier start in life, to do research on what causes prematurity, and find ways to prevent it, along with many birth defects.
So, because of my two amazing survivors, I will fight alongside the March of Dimes until we can save all of the smallest, most helpless of us.
How you can help
Obviously, money is one way everyone can help. Money funds research, which helps advance medicine. Those advancements are still very needed in the field of premature birth, and in many other areas as well.
If you don’t have extra money, you can still help.
- Volunteer – Time is a great way to help an organization. Mail flyers, make phone calls, and help out at local events. Call your local chapter of the organization to find out how.
- Spread Awareness – Follow the organization on Social Media, share their posts, retweet their messages.
- Ask Friends and Family to help – Whether it’s for a cause you believe in, or if you’re helping a friend, ask others for support, share their posts and events, and even offer to help organize an event
- Go to local events – Walk in local charity walks, and go to events benefiting the charity.
- Make purchases that benefit the Organization – Amazon Smile offers a percentage back to the charity of your choice when you make purchases, and there are other websites that do the same.
If you would like to help our team and the March of Dimes, you can visit https://www.marchforbabies.org/shanneva. You can also find a local walk, your local chapter of the March of Dimes, and start helping today.
You can share this post, talk to your friends and family about premature birth, and make a difference in the health of all babies. Thank you!