Saturday, April 25, 2009

March for Babies 2009

We've been walking in the March for Babies since 1999, to raise money for research to prevent prematurity and birth defects. It feels like one small thing we can do in gratitude for the research into artificial surfactant and other medical treatments that saved Christopher's life.

This year we didn't raise as much money as we had in previous years--probably because of the economy, we're guessing--but we still broke $1,000! Thanks to all of you who contributed to the cause by sponsoring Chris or any other walker. We really appreciate it!

Here are a few photos of this morning...

Kieran and Nicholas getting ready to walk!

The Precious Beginnings team

Me and Nicholas

Mike and another volunteer Kendra...our Precious Beginnings volunteers have been way down in number in recent years (many moved away or got too busy to volunteer, and then HIPAA has prevented volunteer recruiting as well), and Mike and Kendra have been double-handedly keeping the Emanuel Baja night alive for the past few years. (Precious Beginnings provides a free Baja Fresh dinner for NICU families in two hospitals, Emanuel and Doernbecher, each month.)

Nicholas after eating a powdered donut!

The motivation for our annual walk!

Kieran making bubbles at the station midway through the walk

The typical middle school goof-off photo!

And a more serious one...

Hooray! All done with the walk--about 20 minutes before the rain arrived!

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