Tomorrow team March for Maddie will be participating in the March for Babies for the fifth year in a row – our fourth walk without her.
The march is something that’s very important to our family, to both remember and honor Maddie, and to help other families going through the same thing we experienced four and a half years ago when we learned there were complications with Madeline’s pregnancy.
The March of Dimes has funded research that’s lead to countless strides in the fight against prematurity. They won’t stop until every child is born healthy. We won’t stop, either.
Like last year, I am again posting my speech from the 2009 March for Babies. Maddie passed away barely three weeks prior to the walk. I still can’t watch this footage. But I hope all of you can take a few minutes to watch it, maybe for the first time, or maybe for the third, and remember all the babies out there that were taken too soon because they were born too soon.
if you’d like to donate, you can click on the sponsor me button in my sidebar. If you want information about how to donate time, or join a walk, go to www.marchforbabies.org. You can also register for our team and walk in spirit (it’s free to join). And if you want to spread the word, please pass along this post. Use your voice for the babies who cannot.
Jay- The Dude of the House says:
You should be very proud of the work you are doing on behalf of not only Maddie, but all kids. I’ll be thinking about you guys on Saturday.
I really wish I could come and be on your team tomorrow, unfortunately being in the UK makes that a little difficult.
I will be sponsoring you though, and you’ll be in my thoughts. Wishing you all the very best. x
I will be there in spirit with you all.
Mrs Woog says:
Just a wonderful tribute. Much love to you three and love to Angel Maddie xxxx
Lynda M O says:
This year premature birth became real to me when my daughter miscarried her son at seventeen and a half weeks. A smaller and more perfect baby I have never seen; he had no lungs yet of course. Thank you for all you do.
Thinking of your entire family, Heather & Mike,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
You are an amazing woman. Absolutely amazing.
I watch this every year and every time it feels just like the first time. It crushes my heart and I just want to give you a huge hug. You are an amazing woman and mom. Truly amazing.
I can’t walk this year but I’ll be with all of you in spirit as you walk and I’ll be thinking of Maddie.
Watching for the 150th time. Wishing I could be there with you.
As a twenty-six-week preemie myself, I always watch this video with a lump in my throat. And then I go and make a donation to the March of Dimes.
Thanks, Tina/Emma. I appreciate this comment a lot more than your last one.
I know it would be hard, but you should watch the video. You would be (and should be) very proud of yourself. Your words were inspiring!
Tammy M. says:
Your speech is wonderful and heartbreaking. I cry everytime I watch it. I have sponsored you – I wish I could give more. Sweet Maddie is in my thoughts today. I pray she visits you in your dreams.
I watched for the first time today. I never did because I knew it would make you both that much more real … but, after watching, I’ve come to respect and love you that much more. Your words are so powerful; your love for Maddie so evident. My hope is that every day you feel just a tiny bit of peace over the soul that was lost. Thank you for being advocates for the March of Dimes.
Heading over to support you, Mike and Annie.
Britt @ BalancedBritt says:
It may be the pregnancy hormones enhancing this, but that video really touched me. I am in tears now! Good luck this weekend. You are doing a brave thing!
You are so brave Heather. Wishing you all the best on your walk. I will be thinking about you guys!
I watched it for the second time, in tears. You are amazing, Heather. You are a shining beacon of courage standing on that stage.
The video gets to me everytime. As the mother of a premie that passed away, I know all too much the crushing hurt that such a tragedy brings. I am with you in spirit and praying for you each day. You have been an ispiration to me
It is a beautiful speech Heather. It honors Maddie wonderfully.
Tomorrow is also our walk in Miami. We walk as Team Spencer for my son who was born 12 weeks 4 days early and spent 3 months in the NICU. The march of dimes helped us get through some hard times. These babies born so early go through so much and Spencer still faces many challenges. We will defenitly be thinking of Maddie tomorrow when we walk.
All our love….
Thinking of you, Mike, Annie and your families but especially Maddie! Always Maddie!! I’ve watched every year and every year my heart aches for you.
Jessica V. says:
I’ve watched this video several times over the last few years and every time, I am amazed at your poise and ability to get up there and share her story. It is truly inspirational. I can’t do the walk this weekend, but will be thinking of you all. I’m going to make a donation as well.
Hugs to you all.
Oh the tears. You, Mike, Annie, and Maddie will be in my thoughts tomorrow.
Courtney K. says:
We will be thinking of your family when we walk on Sunday for March for Babies in Newport Beach.
Oh, Heather… I am crying at my desk. The strength it must have taken to make that speech is a tribute to Maddie, in and of itself. You stood up for her in so many ways, not the least of which was on that day. You and Mike should be so proud.
Will be wearing purple and thinking of you guys tomorrow. Happy to donate to March of Dimes in honor and celebration of both of your girls! Hugs!!!
And I’m bawling…just like I have every time I’ve watched this before. Your and Mike’s bravery to be there and speak was a true testament to Maddie’s life. So proud of you. We will continue to support The March of Dimes in Maddie’s name.
I bought a pair of shoes the other day, and the woman at the cash register asked me if I wanted to donate to March of Dimes. I usually say no to this type of request, but I immediately thought of sweet Maddie, and decided to give a few dollars in her name. Just know that even in Lawrence, Kansas, people are thinking about and remembering Maddie.
I love you guys! So sad I couldn’t make the trip this year for the walk. I was there with you all in spirit.