An eight-year-old Miamisburg boy who was born three weeks premature has been selected as the 2017 March of Miami Valley Ambassador.
In 2009, Rachel and David were excited about becoming parents and looking forward to start their family. But their baby boy, Grant arrived unexpectedly at only 37 weeks, which might seem normal but many complications arose after Rachel went for her normal 37 week checkup. Rachel was rushed into labor after being 5 cm dilated. When Grant was born a joyous occasion turned into a scary situation when Grant started turning blue. Grant was rushed to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where he remained for five days fighting for his life.
“Serving as the Ambassador family is a way for us to show our thankfulness for the March of Dimes-funded programs that helped Grant,” says Rachel. “We’re walking in March for Babies because it saves lives and improves the health of countless moms and babies — and we ask everyone to join us. Our movement is bringing us closer to the day when every baby is born healthy and strong.”
Like Grant, about 380,000 babies – or one in 10 — are born too soon in the United States each year. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the leading cause of death of babies in the U.S. Those who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems, including breathing problems, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays. In addition to the human toll, premature birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in medical and societal costs.
“The money raised by March for Babies helps give more babies a fighting chance at a healthy start in life,” says Jackie Allen, Executive Director, March of Dimes Greater Dayton Market. “The March of Dimes is committed to providing comfort and information to families. By joining March for Babies, you also help fund cutting-edge research to find answers to the unknown causes of premature birth, and new ways to prevent and treat it.”
The nation’s favorite walking event, March for Babies takes place in nearly 500 communities across the country and involves more than three million people each year. In Dayton, March for Babies will take place on April 29, 2017 at 9am at University of Dayton River Campus. Register for the event by visiting marchforbabies.org/event/miamivalley to sign up to walk; start a team with your company, family, or friends; or donate to help babies survive and thrive.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The 2017 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, and HCA. Locally, March for Babies is sponsored by Kettering Health Network.