According to the March of Dimes, any baby born before thirty-nine weeks is born preterm, meaning they aren’t fully developed, and may have more instances of hospitalization and illness than babies who stayed in the womb longer. Because 9.2 percent of babies born in t he Bay Area are preterm, and 288 of those babies die before their first birthday, this cause is extremely personal to a lot of parents, and why this weekend’s three mile March for Babies walk is so important. This Saturday, April 27, 2013, there will be a walk in San Francisco, San Jose, and Pleasanton starting at 9:00 a.m. It’s free to sign up, and any money you can raise through sponsors for your walk is a huge help.
Whether you’re a parent or want kids someday, one of the Bay Area March for Babies walks should be on your calendar for this weekend, because the money raised from the walks maintains the wonderful support network the California March of Dimes has created for parents with infants in the NICU, and also educates hospitals and parents-to-be on ways to prevent pre-term labor so that their baby gets the best chance possible. March of dimes partnered with Stanford University’s School of Medicine to create a Prematurity Research Center that brings together specialists from various areas such as genetics, artificial intelligence, and neurology to explore the causes of premature birth. The organization stresses that “Healthy babies are worth the wait,” and encourages parents, parents-to-be, and adults who may want to be parents someday to be informed.
Sign up, here, to participate in one of the free walks closest to your area, and enjoy a healthy, fun day with family and friends that will support pre-term delivery research and other important programs. If your child was born pre-term, or is currently in the NICU but you live outside a March of Dimes NICU Support program area, visit Share your Story, to connect with other families. If you can’t make the walk, but you’d still like to donate, you can sponsor a friend who’s walking, sponsor through my link, or donate through the March of Dimes’ main donation page.
I’ll be walking at the March for Babies in Pleasanton, and gathering information for anyone who would like to know about future March of Dimes events. Check back after the event to find out important new fro the walk, as well as how much was raised for our local pre-term families.
WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2013 Registration opens at 8:00 a.m., three mile walk starts at 9:00 a.m.
Throughout the Bay Area. (Choose the location closest to you).
REGISTRATION AND PARKING: Free, sign up here