The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. My friend recently lost her baby boy and has organized a March for Babies Walk set to take place April 28th, 2012. You can visit the Facebook page for this event to see how you can participate. You can also help by donating through the March for Babies organization website.
This is her message:
"Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often
very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to
do something about this. I know you care, too. That's why I'm asking you
to join us. It's easy: just click the join this team button.
husband and I will be walking for March for babies, in memory and honor
of our beautiful son, Dylan Leonard McGraw. We found out early in the
pregnancy, that Dylan would be facing many obstacles. Dylan was born on
August 14, 2011 via an emergency C-section. The moment I was able to
see him, I fell head over heels in love.
Dylan showed us life
and love in the absolute purest form. He knew no race, religion or of
any matters/beliefs the rest of us allow to get in the way. He is the
definition of forgiving and patient. Throughout countless blood draws,
assessments, diagnoses, and eight surgical procedures, his little body
and enormous spirit forgave, and loved unconditionally. If he was
startled or scared he'd begin to cry for a moment just to let you know,
and an instant later, would stop and forgive. Dylan is the strongest
person I know, he fought and fought, but in the end, his little body
Dylan has taught not only his family these
lessons, but also friends, and even the staff that worked on him at
Children′s Hospital Of WI. We receive notes and letters from people
telling us how much Dylan has inspired them or changed their lives. We
hope these letters never stop. It is the greatest gift that they can
possibly give us, knowing our son′s memory lives on and that he has
touched so many people.
Please join our team, Devoted to Dylan,
and help us honor him by raising awareness to infant prematurity, birth
defects, and infant mortality. If you cannot walk with us, please
donate to the cause. March of Dimes funds research to help prevent or
treat birth defects, they also provide services at the hospitals for the
families going through the scariest time of their lives."