Saturday, February 21, 2009

March of Dimes March for Babies '09






Well everyone, it's that time of year again. We need help raising money to save babies. This is our fourth year walking in memory of our oldest son, David, who was born too soon. He passed away in our arms when he was five months old from complications. He never was able to come home with us.


Did you know that premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death in the first month of life? It affects half a million babies a year in the United States. Those who survive may have lifelong health problems. And premature births are on the rise -- up to 30% since 1981.That is why I am asking you to support me in March of Dimes WalkAmerica. Because premature birth can happen to any pregnant woman. In nearly half the cases, the causes are unknown.


The March of Dimes is leading the way to find answers by supporting research into the causes of premature birth. I am joining the fight, and so can you.Your support helps fund:-Research into stress and other factors that may trigger preterm labor.-Programs to educate pregnant women to recognize the warning signs of preterm labor.-Tools to help health care providers find better ways to detect women who may be at risk for preterm labor.Please join in and help fight prematurity. Visit my webpage and sponsor me in the Walk that saves babies!


Thank You!


My personal web page for donations is (or click on the link to the right) http://www.marchforbabies.org/smithlinda (you can also join my team there too if any of you would be interested in walking with me). Would you like to see what March for Babies is and why I’m walking?Click hereto see the video. I've also included a picture of David when he was four days old right after his heart surgery. He was only weighing about a pound in the picture and it's my hand with him.The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
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