Sunday, May 22, 2011

March For Martin

First, a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us meet and SURPASS our goal for March For Babies walk this year.  I had no idea what we were doing, I just knew it was important to us as a family.  The March of Dimes program did so much for us, and Martin while he was in the hospital.  It isn't just medical things they help fund, although that is very important.  They give families support and they go to bat for you if you're struggling to get doctors on the same page as you. 

We walked on Saturday the 14th.  I had NO idea how big of an event it was!!  There were thousands of people there, all in support of the March Of Dimes.  And not just families who had babies in the NICU, but businesses as well.  

 Here's some of our Team that came and walked with us--My sister Amber, Katryn, Matt's mom (holding Katryn's other hand) and Matt's Grandma. 

And the rest of us!  Matt's pushing the stroller, I've got Martin in my Ergo carrier (which is AMAZING!!) and my mom.

They gave us beads to wear--Purple for being on a family team, Blue for having a NICU graduate, and I wore my bedrest survivor beads, and Martin's NICU survivor beads (he has to necklaces, his stay was so long!)  They also had white beads for those who had Angel Babies.  Thankfully we didn't need those!

Martin crashed as soon as we started walking, and slept through the whole walk.  I made a little sign to carry, with pictures of him after he was born, and a more recent picture.  I also threw in some stats: 77days early, 141 NICU days, his birth weight, and then some current things: Gtube fed, O2 junkie, and med free!!

It was an amazing experience, and a tradition I think we'll continue with!!  Martin even had a pretty good time!!  We saw a few nurses from the NICU who remembered Martin, and our good friend, the NICU's March of Dimes rep, Rachel. 

The quilt I'm giving away to one of our donators (which I still need to have katryn draw a name for. . .) is coming along!  Hopefully be done by the end of the month, and the lucky recipient can forever remember Martin and his first March For Babies.

Can't wait until next year!



Im glad it was a success!


I'm sorry I couldn't have come and joined in the festivities. Maybe next year!

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