A few days before this year’s March for Babies, I was informed that our March for Maddie team was being honored for raising over $50,000. In fact, we came very close to passing $100,000 raised! We’ll definitely pass that milestone next year.

On the morning of the march, we woke up even earlier than usual. We’d been invited to the VIP area so we could be recognized for the team’s fundraising. Mike, the kids, and I received this pin from the national office of the March of Dimes on behalf of our team and all of you:

$50K + Pin

We quickly ran over to greet the members of our team. More than half of the team was caught in an unexpected freeway closure, so they missed the team photo.

half of the team

We would have taken a photo later, except Annabel and I had to go back to the VIP area for one more honor: we’d been invited to be a part of the “step off” that starts the march.


Lately, Annabel has been asking a lot of questions about her sister (this always happens around the march), and we’ve done our best to answer them, no matter how difficult they are. She’d also really taken an interest in the march and its purpose, so I was glad she was able to be there when we got the pin and started the march.


This year, the rain threatened during the entire walk, but luckily the skies didn’t open until a few hours later. It was nice to catch up with friends, old and new.

I talk with my hands.

Annabel also had her friends to walk and play with:



James was a little overwhelmed by all of the people (over 20,000), and preferred to take it all in from the safety of his stroller.

taking it all in

He did just fine for most of the walk, although he did want a little comfort at one point:

holding hands with grandma

As always, the march was very emotional. It’s so heart-wrenching to see the preemies who lived. Happy tears for them, sad tears for my sweet Madeline. This year I tried hard to focus on the honors we received from March of Dimes before the walk, honors we never could have achieved without the support, donations, and kindness from so many of you. We are truly humbled and grateful for the monetary and emotional gifts you have given us. Thank you.