eris235: (oct 15)
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I wrote this last year for my Walk America page (now called March for Babies). I think it's still a very appropriate message for this year as well.

Every year, half a million babies in the U.S. are born prematurely. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and many life long disabilities. The funds we raise in WalkAmerica support research that saves babies' lives.

Erik and I lost a baby in October 2004 when my membranes ruptured prematurely at just a few days shy of 19 weeks. We got to meet and hold our son, Dante, even though he never took a breath. This made my pregnancy with Dahlia all the more nerve-wracking, and even though she was full-term and healthy, she spent a few days in the NICU up at Stony Brook Hospital.

So many of my friends, local and online, have been touched by pregnancy loss and prematurity. Their stories have affected me very deeply, and I'm tearing up now as I write this just thinking about all their precious children, living and departed.

Please won't you consider pledging $5 to the March of Dimes Walk America?

This year, we're walking for all of them. Every baby deserves a full 9 months.

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