Why did we walk? Every year thousands of babies are born too soon. Dr. Ratliff and her husband's son, Max, is one of those babies. He was born April 9, 2011, and at just over a year of age is still in the NICU. He has grown from 1 pound 3 ounces to over 16 pounds, but his lungs are still immature and he requires a ventilator to breathe.
We want to support Max and the more than half a million babies who are born too early every year.
March of Dimes has their March for Babies every year to celebrate and remember the babies who are born too early, are sick, or die in the newborn period. Teams raise money to support research to help babies grow into healthy children. Teams then join the celebration at the walk. Radio Disney was on hand to entertain kids before the walk, along with bounce houses, face painting, and more fun!
Several friends and family members joined team "Mighty Maxwell." We met under the Family team tent and tried to wait out some of the rain.
What a fun way to celebrate all these babies, support parents, and fund researchers!
The money raised to help premature and sick newborns live to be healthy children is worth the wet feet!
For more information on the March of Dimes research, click here. For information on March for Babies, click here.