Premature birth is a serious problem. In the United States, more than half a million babies a year are born prematurely, before they are done growing and developing. Premature babies are at a higher risk for newborn health complications such as breathing problems and even death. The March of Dime’s March for Babies, formerly WalkAmerica, is a charitable walking event to raise money for research and programs to help prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Every year more than 7 million people including 20,ooo company and friend teams as well as national sponsors participate, and the event has raised more than $1.7 billion since it begin in 1970.
I hold this initiative close to my heart as I myself was born more than two months premature. Weighing in at at 2 pounds 10 ounces, I spent several weeks in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and was not expected to survive. However, thank God I am here today. With advances in research and community programs, more moms can have healthy full-term pregnancies and more babies born prematurely can grow up to be healthy adults like myself. Please support March of Dime’s March for Babies by making a donation, any amount is appreciated and International Donations are accepted.