My Giving Pledge: March 2013 Donation

march to help babiesThis month’s donation seemed like a no-brainer to me.

If you’re not familiar with my monthly donations, I pledged give to at least one nonprofit each month through my Giving Pledge. I report them here on my blog to keep myself accountable and to inspire others to give as well.

I’ve donated to the March of Dimes this month in support of Alexa (otherwise known as Kat Biggie in the online world) and her family.

Alexa has shared her story of infant loss in a past Philanthropy Friday post. I’ve shared on her blog, via a guest post, why writing your passion can be rewarding. Each week on her blog, No Holding Back, Alexa shares stories and facts about Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). Her passion is to share her experience and help others who have gone through TTTS.

Here’s why Alexa is raising money for the March of Dimes:

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick.

Our twin girls were born 9.5 weeks early due to complications from Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Charis weighed only 1 lb 10 oz at birth and spent 12 weeks in the NICU. Thankfully, other than some feeding issues, she is doing great and recently came home from the hospital. Unfortunately, our Kathryn had severe hydrops (extreme fluid buildup/edema) and they could not stop the buildup. She was unable to overcome this and passed away after only 51 hours. My goal is to do what I can in my life to support the research and efforts to help change future outcomes for similar situations. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to help raise money for research to help premature babies. I know you care, too. That’s why I’m asking you to join us. It’s easy: just click the join this team button.

If you can’t walk with us, please help by donating to our team. You can do so right on this page. Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start!

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

My donation will support:

  • Research into stress and other factors that may trigger preterm labor.
  • Programs to educate pregnant women to recognize the warning signs of preterm labor.
  • Tools to help health care providers find better ways to detect women who may be at risk for preterm labor.

Go, Alexa! I can’t walk with you, since I’m not in your neck of the woods, but I’m happy to support your advocating efforts.

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