Ten years. An entire decade.
On March 7, 2007, life came to a complete standstill. The babies that had taken years to conceive were yanked from me prematurely ... for reasons that are still unknown. I didn't know which end was up, and which end was down. Nor did I care. All I wanted was to turn back time to have my babies tucked securely in my tummy.
So I searched and I searched for a reason. A purpose. What do I do with my life now? Nothing else mattered. A few months into my grief journey, I stumbled across the March of Dimes. Through the MOD, I found Share Your Story (which is still a lifeline), and I came across the March for Babies. I wanted so desperately to do something -- anything -- that would perhaps help another family avoid the same fate.
In 2008, we participated in our first March for Babies as Ethan & Casey's Team. The team member numbers have ebbed and flowed, but one thing has stayed the same: my commitment to the cause, and to honoring my sons.
The March for Babies is my one time of year to create awareness about pregnancy ... that it doesn't go a healthy 40 weeks for everything. I wanted to create awareness of loss and prematurity. No one likes to talk about babies dying. But someone has to be their voices. And for my sons, I choose to be their voice.
Walk days are bittersweet. I wish so badly that I didn't have to be there. That I had my sons (and my two rainbow girls) tucked under one roof. But I don't, and that makes me look forward to the walk. I can speak freely; I can share freely -- and no one judges. My journey may be far different than someone else's, but together, we are a community committed to fighting for babies.
Being that this year was the boys' 10th angelversary -- I opted to do fundraising on my own. My children; my efforts. And as of today, I have raised more than $6,500. I think that total will be a little higher by the end of the week.
Sometimes I find it hard each year to capture my story in different ways so that people's hearts open up. Loss is easily forgotten by someone who hasn't gone through it. But the March for Babies is my one big opportunity each year to speak for my sons, and to take the steps they never will.
Erin, that is so inspiring how much you have raised for March for Babies! I also love how much you speak out about infant loss. I love going to our March for Babies as well and finding others that have gone through similar journeys. Share has also been great for that!
Thank you so much Erin, for all that you do, and for being a voice for all the babies who never got the chance. Your efforts mean so very much!!
Love and Hugs
Thank you Erin for everything you do for the March of Dimes and SYS! Many hugs to you dear friend!
Erin, that is awesome!!! I envy you all that have awesome March for Babies chapters near by. Hugs to you.
glad you had a nice walk and I feel the same way every year trying to find a way to share my story because your right loss can easily be forgotten unless you've been through it. Way to go for how much you raised! Nicki
Erin, congrats on those fundraising totals and I'm so happy to read that you had a nice walk day! Such a sweet pic of you all at your tent:) I'm inspired by your commitment to MOD. Thank you for sharing your sons' story and so much of your heart with this community. My goodness . . . year 10. I'm trying to wrap my head around that.
Sending you love and hugs,
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