March for Babies with Famous Footwear

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 14, 2010

So fragile, their little bodies fit perfectly in the palm of my hands.
Daddy’s wedding ring could fit on their tiny wrists.
At two pounds, 5 ounces and three pounds, three ounces they were larger than life.
I was in love.

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BUT…

They couldn’t come home with me.
They were too fragile and too tiny.
My heart was breaking.


Unlike so many babies born too soon, their story doesn’t end there. Ethan and Zach were born nine weeks early, but they are now healthy nine-year-old boys who are full of life.

march of dimes picThe March of Dimes is a wonderful organization who’s mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Through research, community services, education and advocacy they save babies’ lives.

Every year the March of Dimes coordinates a walk to raise support for programs in our very own communities that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Walking in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise also funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies.

One of the national sponsors of March for Babies is Famous Footwear, which is the sole (no pun intended) provider of the official shoe of March for Babies – the Dr. Scholl’s Inferno shoe. To share the excitement as this year’s March for Babies walk season begins, Famous Footwear has given me a $25 Famous Footwear gift card to give to one of you!

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win:
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  • Head over and meet baby Alex, before 9pm on April 30th, then come back here and tell me what you learned about what the March of Dimes has already done to help.

Want a few bonus entries? Leave me a separate comment for each of the following:

  • Follow me on Twitter – I’m YoungMommy – and tweet the following, up to once a day through April 30th :: Enter to win a $25 Famous Footwear gift card in celebration of the March for Babies :: http://dlvr.it/WHCt #D2Dgvwy.
    One winner will be selected at random, and will be notified by email. Winner will then have 24 hours to respond before forfeiting their prize.
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    There are 900 March for Babies events taking place nationwide to support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Find an event near you.

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Anne April 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

That is a cute beautiful baby. My grandmother used to make baby shoes in spare time. She would use crochet or some other materials she had in hand. Right now it’s hard to find hand-made footwear.

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Adrienne Gordon April 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Helped with the heart.

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courtney April 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm

a drop of blood from baby’s heel can save a life

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courtney April 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

following your twitter tweet

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Carol April 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

They develop treatments to cure vision defects.

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Carol April 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/12242645294 and I follow on Twitter cdziuba

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Carol April 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

feed subscriber

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Melissa Becker April 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I learned the March of Dimes was started to try and cure Polio back in the 30′s, which it did! FDR told people to send in dimes to help find a cure and the American people followed in a big way!

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susan varney April 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm

prevent premies mverno@roadrunner.com

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Vicky H. April 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

They’re working on preventing oral clefts after discovering a gene that causes them.

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Alicia April 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

They’ve identified a gene that is responsible for cleft pallets. I am familiar with March of Dimes (I’ve walked 3 years) but never knew about that research. Thank you for sharing about this cause!
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Alicia April 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I subscribed to your blog :)
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Alicia April 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I follow you on twitter and tweeted!
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Stephanie V. April 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

newborn screening
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Brittany April 16, 2010 at 1:58 am

The March of Dimes has done many wonderful things since they began their work. They have eradicated the polio virus and now they help find ways to prevent premature birth. They are also responsible for much of the newborn screening that takes place in hospitals across the country.

Most importantly, the March of Dimes is close to my heart because of my son, Bronx who was born prematurely with respiratory distress syndrome. He is now a happy, healthy eight month old.

To show our appreciation for what the March of Dimes has done for our family, we are walking in this year’s March for Babies as TEAM BRONX.

Thank you so much for bringing awareness to this great cause!

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Brittany April 16, 2010 at 2:00 am

Our walk date (for Team Bronx) is Saturday, April 24th.
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Marcia April 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

Money the March of Dimes has collected has resulted in research that identified the gene responsible for oral cleft…great organization. I just saw a PBS program on the March of Dimes and polio.

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courtney April 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Denise B. April 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Dee Snider of “Twisted Sister” had two children born prematurely. Every year he runs two or more events for the “March of Dimes” called “Bikers for Babies Run”. These bike runs are a lot of fun and for a good cause. This year’s event out here on Long Island will be:

Sunday, May 23rd, join Rock’n'Roll Legend Dee Snider for the 8th Annual Bikers for Babies Ride, to benefit the March of Dimes.

Registration begins at 9:00am at Town Park at Point Lookout, Lido Blvd in Point Lookout, NY.

Kickstands up at 11:00am sharp.

Donation is $20 per rider / $15 per passenger and includes a Bikers for Babies commemorative shirt.

Pre-register now by calling (516) 496-8442 or online at BikersForBabies.org.

This Run for Babies will take us around Long Island and back to Point Lookout for a post-run party with live entertainment, a custom bike show and contest, vendors and more.

Come ride with Dee Snider and WBAB and be a part of one of Long Island’s biggest Motorcycle Runs!

The March of Dimes appreciates the continued support of our Motorcycle Community.

Details here: http://wbab.com/event_guide/bikersforbabies2010.html

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Ravzie April 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I didn’t realize the March of Dimes helped the children born with cleft palates! Thanks.

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Mellissa C April 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I learned that they aree working on preventing oral clefts after discovering a gene that causes them.

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Jeff April 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

They are fighting premature brain. The brain needs 9 months to develop.

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Vanessa April 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

They do newborn screening. My son had that done in the hospital (he has a heart condition so they checked for any underlying causes) and it was so great to be at peace that he was going to be ok.

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Tina P April 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I learned that the Money the March of Dimes has collected has resulted in research that identified the gene responsible for oral cleft. What a great organization.
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Elena April 19, 2010 at 10:34 am

all the reasearch has gone a long way!!!

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courtney April 19, 2010 at 11:58 am
Whitney April 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I read that The March of Dimes is working on preventing oral clefts.

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Claire April 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm

March of Dimes was started to try and cure Polio back in the 30’s and it succeeded!

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Monique Rizzo April 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

The March of Dimes is activally working on oral clefts! They are an amazing group.
Thanks for the chance.
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Heather McDonough April 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I learned that March of Dimes is working hard to discover reasons for prematurity and birth defects and to help fix them.

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Christine Sarkauskas April 21, 2010 at 3:21 am

I learned that 20,000 companies big and small who walk in March for Babies each year and I learned identified a gene that is responsible for cleft pallets

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Christine Sarkauskas April 21, 2010 at 3:23 am

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courtney April 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Steph April 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

They already provide newborn screenings for preemies! I donate every year, my nieces were preemie.

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Steph April 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm
Karen P April 22, 2010 at 12:27 am

I learned they are working on preventing oral clefts after discovering a gene that causes them.

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Shilo Beedy April 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm

They identified a gene responsible for oral cleft and are working on preventions.
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Katherine April 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Better survival for the tiniest heart patients – so crucial. One of my friends lost her baby after 9 days and 2 complicated heart surgeries. Little Hazel just couldn’t quite make it. Hopefully research will help other babies survive.

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courtney April 22, 2010 at 11:36 pm
Carol G April 23, 2010 at 10:22 am

As a retired labor & delivery nurse, I can’t say I learned anything about what the March of Dimes is doing, but I was glad to see the folic acid intake being highlighted. That is one thing that every woman can do for herself to help prevent CNS defects. Education about it is key.

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loni April 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

the march of dimes spends 76¢ of every dollar you raise in March for Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.

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Jaque April 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm

The March of Dimes is developing treatments to cure vision defects….that is one way they have helped baby Alex.

Thank you. :-)

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courtney April 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm
Mari April 24, 2010 at 12:10 am

I learned that they have identified the gene responsible for oral cleft and are working on prevention.

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courtney April 24, 2010 at 10:45 am
Denise April 24, 2010 at 8:10 pm

They work on trying to prevent oral clefts.

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Mari April 25, 2010 at 7:45 pm

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Jessica April 26, 2010 at 12:37 am

I learned that their folic acid education leads to fewer neural tube defects

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Holly W April 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Their developing treatments to cure vision defects.

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1993wel April 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm

March of Dimes is developing treatments to help with vision defects.

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arla April 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm

The March of Dimes spends 76¢ of every dollar you raise in March for Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.

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Mari April 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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Francis April 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm

They are working on vision defects.

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courtney April 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm
mike s. April 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

they aparently gave her a purple hat.

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Erica C. April 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

The March of Dimes is amazing. I’m always amazed at how children are helped so much and able to grow up to live fulfilling lives. I learned that a gene for oral cleft was identified, so now preventions are being researched.

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Melissa M. April 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

They do newborn screenings.

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Sonya April 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I learned that folic acid education means fewer babies are born with neural tube defects.
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Nicole Greene April 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm

They are developing treatments to cure vision defects.

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Randy Bailey April 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

New treatments means better survival rates for the tiniest heart patients

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Angela Winesburg April 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm

The March of Dimes spends 76¢ of every dollar you raise in March for Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.

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Mimi April 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I learned that the March of Dimes was started to try and cure Polio back in the 30’s – and succeeded (and had the happy problem of having to reinvent their mission).

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Ashley April 30, 2010 at 12:54 am

i learned that they are who eliminated polio! thats a great thing

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Ashley Reynolds April 30, 2010 at 2:38 am

March of Dimes is developing ways to cure vision defects.

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Carolsue April 30, 2010 at 4:40 am

March of Dimes is fighting Premature Birth
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Beverly M April 30, 2010 at 5:00 am

i learned they develop treatments to cure vision defects

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Nicole Greene April 30, 2010 at 9:56 am
Randy Bailey April 30, 2010 at 11:16 am
Christina April 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I learned that because of the March Of Dimes, polio was cured!

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karen April 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm

They are developing treatments for vision defects. Thanks.

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Amy Delong April 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm

trying to fight premature births&cleft

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Geoff K April 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm

What a beautiful baby! One thing I learned is that folic acid education helps reduce neural tube deficits in the spine. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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I’m following you on twitter (@guettel78), and I tweeted: http://twitter.com/guettel78/status/13146677501

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CHARLENE April 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm

They are developing treatments to cure vision defects.

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brenda f April 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm

baby’s brain need 9 months to develop

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courtney April 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm
brenda f April 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm

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brenda f April 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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Pamela S April 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Folic acid education helps prevent neural tube defects. As a neuro nurse I know how important that is. Thanks.

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Mari April 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm

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CC April 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm

They’ve identified a gene for oral clefts!

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CC April 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm

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CC April 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I follow on twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/speech_hero/status/13165992782

PS: although my husband and I were not able to have biological children and so in that way I have little in common with you… I feel like I know you somehow. Maybe I’m just in love with your family picture.
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Gianna April 30, 2010 at 11:21 pm

March of Dimes was started to try and cure Polio.

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mel May 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

i learned that there will be 1 million people walking with their families or co-workers in more than 900 communities.

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