On April 29, my family participated in our first March for Babies event in Harrisburg. Our team—Raina’s Rainbows—celebrates our daughter and the incredible people in our lives that supported us when Raina was born 10 weeks premature. The annual event benefits the March of Dimes, an organization that has been advocating for the health of all moms and babies for 80 years. The March of Dimes funds research efforts to prevent prematurity, birth defects, and infant death. On a community level, they provide support, services and resources to families who are dealing with pregnancy complications, health conditions, prematurity or loss. March for Babies’ events are held in most major U.S. cities, and participants can even register for a virtual walk if they are unable to attend physically.
My husband and I were thrilled as our team grew from our family of 3 to over 20 members which included extended family, friends and their families. Participating in the March for Babies with those closest to us was a great experience, but the most special part was reconnecting and spending time with Raina’s nurse, who cared for her in the NICU for 7 weeks. We set out with a team fundraising goal of $500 which we exceeded, ultimately raising over $3,200 for March of Dimes. Overall, the Capital Area event raised over $88,000. Team Raina’s Rainbows intends to be an annual participant in the March for Babies, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event!