Sunday, January 31, 2010

March for Babies 2010

So, I have been working hard to find the "positive" things that have come from Olivia's death. I've mentioned that numerous times on this blog. Well, Kurt and I have come up with another one, and this time it's something that we *hope* our family and friends will get involved with too.

We are putting a team together for the March of Dimes March for Babies 2010 walk.  It will be on April 25th at Mahoney State Park, and it is three miles long!

March of Dimes is a pretty widely-known organization, but in case you aren't completely familiar with it... their mission is to basically eliminate premature birth, birth defects, and infant death.  These three issues are so close to our hearts as we experienced ALL of them with our sweet Olivia.  If we are able to do something to help ensure that just *one* family is able to avoid this kind of pain, then we will have done our job.
They also work to make the stay in the NICU as comfortable as possible for families. We didn't have a very long stay in the NICU, but I know just from the three days that we were there... being in that place long-term would be extremely draining, frustrating and at times, depressing.

The list of things that MOD has done is... amazing. Please go HERE if you want to learn more.

Please, please join us in this effort! Even if you are unable to "sponsor"/donate to our team, we would love for you to walk with us anyway. I would absolutely love to see a big group of people there in support of Olivia, and to give us some emotional support.

In addition, we are trying to work out a way to have team t-shirts for everyone. I'm obviously new to this but from what I understand, that's what we're supposed to do :). If anyone has any ideas about how to go about that, let me know. I haven't really looked into it yet.

You can donate right here on the blog (I believe it's over to the left side). You can also click here to visit our *Team Livie Bean* homepage on the MOD website, and become a team member. It only takes about two minutes or so.

We are so, so grateful for all of the support that we've received over the past two months. This has been an extremely humbling experience for Kurt and I.... which is a positive outcome in itself. Thank you!

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Juliana said...

This is wonderful! I had raised money and walked almost every year!

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