The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.3 billion to benefit all babies.
Below is one local family’s story:
We are the Korsaks. Our daughter Gia is in Room 6. We wanted to let you know a little bit about
Gia’s history and why we walk for the March of Dimes. We are just an average family here in Livonia.
We are also living proof that NO ONE is immune to the catastrophic consequences of when you are
told you will not carry your child to term. It is devastating and it is the single most heart-breaking moment of any mother’s life.
In March of 2012, the unthinkable happened. Everything in our lives we ever worked for, we ever
wanted was almost taken from us when Gianna Grace was one of the 15 million babies in the world
born too soon.
Gia was born almost 14 weeks early, weighing just 1 lb., 15 oz. At 13 and a half inches, she was barely longer than the rulers we used in elementary school. And I am not ashamed to tell you, that for 58 long days, she scared us to death – and she also taught us about faith, love and resilience.
It’s important to understand, prematurity is not like other illnesses or diseases that we think of. It
affects almost 500,000 babies a year here in the US. Many of these babies do not see their first
birthday —- and honestly, many of them do not see their first sunset. Prematurity is not out in the
community every day. It is not well-known or spoken about with a promise to “beat this thing.” It is
fragile, locked away in the quietest, darkest, most out of the way corner of the hospital. Prematurity is struggling for every breath and every beat of the tiniest heart.Prematurity is also the very meaning of the adage that “it takes a village”. The pain, fear and the loneliness we felt was slowly replaced by doctors and nurses that touched our baby with love, by our family and friends who boosted our resilience and by the foundational structure the March of Dimes has created to teach us all that faith changes everything.
The March of Dimes is the preeminent charity for research, education, vaccines and medical
breakthroughs for sick and premature babies. It is research and it is also responsibility. It is parents, medical professionals, employers and community coming together with the March of Dimes to
secure the future of other families: It is also because of volunteers like us, the March of Dimes is able to do the great work that they do.
A quick point for those of you — and this is probably most of you — whose life thankfully has never been touched by illness, birth defects or prematurity. Please know that the research and medical breakthroughs pioneered by the March of Dimes helps ALL BABIES, sick or well, preemie or term.
For instance, the Polio vaccination, increased Folic Acid intake during pregnancy, the APGAR Score
at birth and he heel prick test that screens ALL newborns for 28 metabolic and congenital disorders
were all developed with research funding from the March of Dimes.
In fact, if YOU were born in the United States after 1940, YOU are a March of Dimes baby.
he village of people who are out there fighting for strong, healthy babies is mighty and it is awe-
inspiring I’m proud to be the Mommy of a miracle and I am so proud to be part of this village. We
are all living, breathing proof that this village is awesome. And it is so very well worth it.
Visit the official March of Dimes website at http://www.marchofdimes.org/.
Local readers can make a donation of any size to the March of Dimes at Pretty Lady Salon in Allen Park! 7840 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101 (313) 386-5557
Don’t forget to enter the fun Bucket List raffle at Pretty Lady Salon. Make a donation, and enter to win. Raffle ends on 4/26/15.
March for Babies!
Join the owners, and employees of Pretty Lady Salon, along with their friends, customers and families in this year’s Walk for Babies happening on April 26th. You can even join their team! It’s going to be a great time, for an even greater cause.
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