Instead of the usual silly Friday video, I wanted to take the opportunity to share something important with all of you, something I did two years ago that I still can’t believe I was able to do. At the March of Dimes’ March for Babies event in 2009, Mike and I got up in front of over 10,000 people and spoke about why the March of Dimes is so important.

The March of Dimes has funded research that’s lead to countless strides in the fight against prematurity. Thanks to the discovery of surfactant, a lung lubricant, Madeline’s lungs were able to expand on the day she was born.

But it’s not enough. The March of Dimes got us almost seventeen months with Maddie. We wanted more. Every parent wants more, and every child DESERVES more.

I’m showing my speech from the 2009 March for Babies. Maddie had passed away only three weeks prior to the walk. I have a hard time watching it because I am transported back to that place of shock and grief. But I hope you will all watch it, and hear my words and my inflections and my pain, and donate a little bit of time or money to the March of Dimes so no other mother has to feel what I feel every day.

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 And if you want to spread the word, please pass along this post. Use your voice for the babies who cannot.