March of Dimes Downingtown March for Babies

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You may notice the posters for the local March of Dimes walks and wonder what the deal is. What’s it about? How can you help?

March of Dimes provides support and help to woman so that they can have healthy, full term pregnancies and aid to families when that isn’t possible.

A childhood friend of mine had a challenging pregnancy and birth resulting in the aid of organizations that specialize in helping premature babies and their families, including March of Dimes.

This is the testimonial of Julie Long:

“The reason we choose to support the March of Dimes is because too many babies are born too early. Our daughter, Abby, was born eight weeks early. She weighed 2lbs 14 oz and was 15 inches long.  I had an emergency c-section and wasn’t even able to hold my baby for a week. It was such a scary time for us, and our hope is that other families don’t have to go through the same struggles we faced. Abby spent two months in the NICU and when she finally came home we were scared out of our minds! She was on oxygen for her underdeveloped lungs and a heart monitor for apnea of prematurity. It took about three months for her to be off the machines. “


JenWL's Story

 Every year since Abby’s birth, The Long family have walked in the Downingtown March for Babies under the name Abby’s Army. This year Abby’s Army is raffling off a Kindle Fire HD to raise money. Tickets are $3 for 1 ticket, $10 for 4 tickets, or $20 for 10 tickets. Tickets can be purchased on their blog, Abby’s Army. The Downingtown March for Babies is April 28 and Abby will pick the winner afterwards.

If you would like to walk in a March for Babies, all you need to do is choose your location and register.  Not sure you can make an event?  Donation is the way to go!


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