Marching In Their Memory

Last year during this week, I was in the hospital praying that my twins could make it to 24 weeks. My water had broken, I was told there was a very small chance of them surviving, and we weren’t sure what would happen.

This year Sam, Bella, and I will be walking in the March of Dimes in memory of Preston, Julian, and all the other babies that didn’t get to come home, or did but only after long NICU stays, or babies born with complications because of prematurity.

They died May 3rd. The walk is May 4th. I will be exactly 24 weeks with our third son on May 4th.

Talk about chills when I realized all this.

I know 24 weeks is considered viability, but I also know how very small that chance is. And this past year I’ve met many families who got to that point and still didn’t get to take a baby home.

I’ve set up a page for fundraising with March of Dimes to donate all money given directly to them and their mission. I would love for you to consider donating to them in my son’s names. I’ve set a fairly lofty goal ($1,000 in 6 days) but yesterday we raised $335! That is amazing.

The money isn’t for me, we don’t get anything from this, and it’s tax deductible next year. Anything (I mean it) that you give is such a blessing. They take PayPal, credit cards, etc. Thank you so much to those of you who already have. It made yesterday a lot more special to Sam and I as we reflect on 12 months ago.

22 weeks came and went! Find my belly and ultrasound shots, along with our family life that week, here.

Comments

  1. March of Dimes is such an amazing organization! We just did the walk here in Ft Worth in honor of my daughter who was stillborn at 38 weeks. We had so many on our team that have been touched directly by what they do. I also found the walk to be very helpful in my grief, it was a way to do something for her and be her mommy!
    Best of luck to you on your walk and fundraising goal!

  2. Wow, that’s pretty amazing, Diana. The coincidence of the walk being so close to the date of your loss. Congratulations in advance on a healthy delivery and (even more importantly for this weekend), a successful walk.

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