March for babies is a wonderful event that champions a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Last year I could not participate because I was on bed rest, and this year I could not walk because of just having done the TAC. Despite not being able to walk, I was determined to participate in this years festivities. A big THANKS to all of you that donated - we raised $278- and although it may not seem as much to some of us, this small amount made a significant difference and I know it made a difference in someones life.
I was disappointed but Larry and I made the most of it. I was disappointed that I could not participate in the 6 mile walk (11 days after surgery), but I was mostly disappointed that not one of the 6 other team members showed. They all backed out at the last minute. Despite this, Larry and I were determined to honor the memory of our babies. Even though the others did not show, the two most important people were there - Alyssa-Joy and Evan's mommy and daddy.
We wore our signature blue as well as our angel pins. We sat under the family teams tent and cheered the families that crossed the finish line.
Throughout the event, I found myself reading the ambassadors signs (and there were many!). Children who were born at 22, 23, 24 and up weeks. I kept thinking "if only.....". I was amazed at the 22 weeker who is now a vibrant 3 year old. I marveled at the triplets born at 24 weeks, and though I know their first few months of life were rough, I know there parents are grateful to have them here.
Towards the end, the hosts did a butterfly release for all the angel babies and gave the angel parents a butterfly memorial. When they called Alyssa-Joy's and Evan's names, the tears fell. You don't know how much it meant to us to have their lives acknowledged. I felt valued and I felt that their lives were valued. A beautiful poem was read that left all the attendees in tears.
It was a beautiful event that had great food, great people, and miracle babies. I cannot wait to plan next year and hope to raise even more. I am going to start saving my pennies from now so that I can make the first donation.
Again, thank you to all who donated. I hope next year more of you will walk. If not for your own angel babies, for your neighbors, friends, your children. Walk so that your children and grandchildren never have to face what we have faced.
I do not have many pictures because someone (who shall remain nameless) broke my camera. Here is one picture from that memorable day. Not the best quality, but the best I could get from Larry's phone.
Awaiting my expected end.