Saturday, April 30, 2011
National March for Babies Day!
I havent' gotten much sewing done this week. I've barely managed to make 2 hexi flowers, but I guess that's not all there is to life. This morning was a beautiful day here in Northwest Florida. When I got in my car, it was a comfortable 66 degrees, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and there was a lovely breeze.
There is a lot going on here in Pensacola this weekend. There was a 5K run that began in East Hill, the Fiesta Crawfish Festival downtown, the Goombay Festival in the DeVillers neighborhood, the mullet toss in Perdido Key, Relay for Life in several communities in Santa Rosa County, and it is National March for Babies day. If you don' t have a passion for one of these events, I don't know how you select which one to participate in. They are all fun events, and it is a glorious day. For me, however, the choice was easy.
I have served on the Walk Committee for the March of Dimes for - I honestly can't remember how long... seven or eight years, I think, and I have headed my corporate team for about twice that long. This year, the two came together nicely, as my corporate team took Top Team in the under 250 employees category. I was very surprised. With everything else that has been going on at work this year, I really didn't have a lot of time to devote to running this year's campaign. But I wanted it to be a great year. Our former President was Walk Chair this year, and I just wanted it to be a great year for him, and somehow it worked out.
This is the sign I created for Ambassador Avenue at this year's March for Babies. I am very fortunate that I had three healthy children and a healthy granddaughter. All of my children, and little Abby, were full-term babies. Many children aren't so lucky, and I heard a lot of those stories today. I am grateful that my family and I have been so blessed.
But the March of Dimes has really helped everyone. Have you or someone you know ever had a polio shot? Thank the March of Dimes. Have you ever known someone who has had a child in a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)? Thank the March of Dimes. Have you ever known a baby whose lungs weren't fully developed but learned to breathe on its own? It is likely the treatment was developed with the help of the March of Dimes. Ever known an expectant mom who took folic acid to prevent spina bifida? Yup, the March of Dimes again.
There are a lot of good causes out there that people can choose to support, and I'm sure they all do a lot of good. March of Dimes is the one that is dear to my heart. If you care to lend a helping hand, go here.
Thanks. Someday, I hope every baby will be a healthy baby.