On Saturday, April 14 our community will be walking in March for Babies to give hope to the families of babies born too soon or sick -- more than 7,200 each year in Minnesota alone.
The money we raise will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies right here in Central Minnesota.
Registration for March for Babies at SCSU Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse is at 9:00 am. The walk starts at 10:00 am. See you there!
Dan and Josie Muyres walk in the St. Cloud March for Babies in honor of one daughter and in memory of another, their identical twins Madeline and Megan.
A complication during pregnancy allowed one baby to grow bigger while restricting development of the other. At 25 weeks into her pregnancy, Josie went into labor. Her babies were born too soon and too small. Madeline weighed one pound, three ounces. Megan weighed less than 13 ounces.
“They handed Megan to me and told us we could hold her while she was still with us,” shared Dan. “We held Megan and had her baptized. She left this world two hours later.” Baby Madeline faced a long road ahead. Her lungs were underdeveloped and she needed specialized care. The March of Dimes was there for Maddy and her family. March of Dimes funded researchers developed the life-saving treatment for her lungs and March of Dimes led the way to put newborn intensive care units (NICUs) with reach of every baby.
Madeline stayed in the NICU for her first 96 days of life. The experience was overwhelming for Josie and Dan. They found information and comfort through the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program at St. Cloud Hospital.
Today, Madeline is a happy, healthy one-year-old girl who fills her family with joy. Their March for Babies team is Maddy’s Way, an affectionate phrase nurses in the NICU used to describe their little fighter. “It is an honor to share our story,” said Josie. “We support March for Babies to give back for all the help we received.”