Last year, we were rookies in the March for Babies. We registered to walk only a few weeks before the big day and made very few preparations. Our skeleton team consisted only of George, Aunt CiCi, Brandi (George’s cousin), the babies, and me. At that time, we walked in honor of our babies. They endured seven week stint in the NICU, and at the time of the walk were making their first public appearances. George and I felt a sense of gratitude for the March of Dimes, which funds major research to help preemies like ours grow and thrive.
This year, we started much earlier and rallied our friends and family to join us. We even ordered royal purple team t-shirts to show group cohesiveness. Our team doubled in size when our neighbors with quads also joined the cause. Together our team was over thirty-eight members strong and raised $1650! This year, the cause was bigger than just our own family. It was in honor of our healthy, thriving babies, but also in memory of the many babies who passed away this year. Our community of multiples is a small one, and when tragedy strikes, we all feel the sorrow. Far too many families experienced infant loss, and the March of Dimes is helping to make sure that more families do not endure similar situations. I can only hope that our team grows even larger and stronger next year!
Have you ever participated in a charity walk or fun run? If not, I hope you’ll consider joining the March for Babies next spring.
We would like to extend a special thanks to those donated to our team: George Shawver, Jr., Carol Vincell, Kristi Bowman, Melissa Shaw, Megan Haley, Karen & Brad Cox, Ashley Lopez, Patty Winkle, Leslie Murihead, Melissa Dumas, Marianne Southwick, Lindsay Howard, Treva Muirhead, Cathy Wildman and Terri McGuire.
And for those who walked with us: Jaime Balderas, LeeAnn Brager, Esmeralda Colmenero, Gracie Colmenero, Alfonso Cordova, Joey Cordova, Juana Cordova, Jen Crawford, Candelairo Hernandez, Griselda Hernandez, Kimberly Hernandez, Rojelio Hernandez, Matt Johnson, Kristen Klatt, Kelsey McGuire, Daniel Murphy, Debbie Murphy, Dennis Murpy, Sara Murphy, Ann Odom, Brenda Quintan, Alan Reid, Deven Reid, Jessica Rivera, Alondra Rodriguez, Mina Rodriguez, Viviana Rodriguez, Daria Schwalbe, Paul Schwalbe, Priscilla Serrano, Kaylie Slaughter, Tyler Slaughter, Brandi Steele, Evelyn Villanueva, Courtney Zehnder, Denise Zehnder, and Steve Zehnder.