Tomorrow team March for Maddie will be participating in the March for Babies for the ninth year in a row – our eighth 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 more than eight-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 in previous years, I am again posting my speech from the 2009 March for Babies. Maddie passed away less than three weeks prior to the walk. I still can’t watch this footage. I don’t remember writing the speech and I barely remember giving it. This will likely be the last year I share it, because next year I want to post the video from this year’s walk – one that will hopefully be more inspiring. But I hope all of you can take a few minutes to watch 2009’s speech, maybe for the first time, or maybe for the eighth, and remember all the babies out there who are gone too soon because they were born too soon.

If you can’t see the video above, click here.

If you’d like to donate or walk with our team,you can do so here. If you want to spread the word, please pass along this post. Use your voice for the babies who cannot!