One clear April night just over a couple decades ago, a baby was born 7 lbs. 6oz. and four weeks too early. She was blue with legs that were twisted, crossed eyes, a missing kidney, and Ecoli that left side effects still present 21 years later. That baby was me, and I got lucky.
In the United States alone there are 450,000 babies born too early each year. Premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns and the great people of the March of Dimes organization devotes themselves to finding ways to help moms bring their babies full term and speaking out about legislation to improve mandatory health care for mom and baby, regardless of financial situations. I was one of the lucky babies that got to grow up but each year anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 babies will die due to a complication of a premature birthday.
On May 3, 2015 at 10am at the Holtsville Ecology Site on Long Island I will be volunteering at and walking in the March for Babies. To be part of this cause is close to my heart and my family’s hearts because of how well they know the feeling of dealing with a sick premature child. I march to help prevent what happened to me from happening from other children all over the country. I know one day we will be able to get the premature birth rate down to almost nothing and I want to be part of the movement that helped make it happen.
If anyone is interesting in marching, donating, or learning more about the March of Dimes check out their website, linked above, or feel free to ask me!