Join us and show your support for the Greater Columbus March for Babies. This walk is 3 miles, with a 1 mile Buggy Brigade!
Meet Isabella, Our 2012 Ambassador
Watch their heartfelt story to see how Isabella’s life was impacted by the March of Dimes and how you can help give all babies a healthier start.
On August 31st, 2010 our lives changed forever. Isabella Rose Showalter was born 16 weeks early at 1 pound 2 ½ ounces. Needless to say she started off life with a fight and list of challenges we could only begin to imagine at the time. It was a scary and difficult time in our lives.
We are happy to report that our little miracle is doing very well today and at the moment is weighing in at a heavy 17 pounds 11 ounces. She celebrated her 1st birthday this past August and is developing perfectly. She is hitting all of her milestones and is absolutely the joy of our lives.
We are forever thankful and blessed to have wonderful people in our lives that helped us get through that difficult time. It was all of the prayers, continuous well wishes, and unbelievably kind words that made it possible to get through this. There is also another aspect of this journey that we would like to bring attention to: the medicine.
The technology and know-how of Isabella’s doctors, nurses, and specialists kept us in awe on a daily basis. It is difficult to say this, but there was a time in the not so distant past where the hospitals did not have the facilities and the medical staff did not possess the knowledge, or medicine to save babies born this premature. It is through continuous medical innovations and advancement that blessings such as our Isabella are with us today.
Those medical innovations and advancements are made possible because of organizations such as March of Dimes. The March of Dimes mission is to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. In particular Isabella had greatly under-developed lungs. She was immediately placed on a ventilator and given Surfactant which played a large role in saving her life. Without the medical advancements made because of the March of Dimes development of such medicines would not exist.
Our family knows firsthand the challenges associated with prematurity. It is important to find out why premature birth happens and what can be done to prevent it. By raising money, ongoing research to answer these critical questions is funded. When you support The March of Dimes, you show that you care and you give hope for defeating premature birth and other threats to babies.