As of this posting, there are 62 days until this year’s March of Dimes March for Babies.
This is my ninth year raising money for March of Dimes. In that time, they’ve found a cause for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), which compromised my son’s vision. If the levels of oxygen provided to the tiny preemies are too high, it can lead to ROP. The level can be lowered safely without harming the baby’s viability without causing ROP. There may be other causes as well, but this appears to be a primary culprit that is readily correctable. That’s tangible proof that your donations DO make a difference! The money that we’ve already raised will help so many of the tiniest kids have a better chance to see without issues. Who knows what breakthrough will be next?
This year, I’m going many, many steps further than in the past. Instead of just walking 3 miles for the cause, I’m also dedicating a series of races to the March of Dimes. Now that I’ve gotten in shape (and to celebrate my upcoming 50th birthday), I’ll be running a number of races in early May: the runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge 5K, the Fleet Feet Sports 10K Classic, the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge (3.5 miles), and possibly the SPAC Rock + Run 10K. For those keeping track, that would be a total of 19 miles of racing in just over two weeks (plus the 3-mile March for Babies walk)! Want to donate per mile? That would be awesome!
You can follow my fitness efforts here on the blog, if you’d like. I also post my workouts on Facebook and Twitter if you’d rather track my progress there. It’s going to be an epic series of race reports in May!
Every year, I am dumbfounded by the support for my effort from my friends, family, co-workers, and my MousePlanet family. I hope that I can count on all of you once again as we give the tiniest babies a better chance at life.
Every dollar counts. Please give generously.
As always, thank you so much for your support.