March of Dimes Night Moves is a 5K/5-Mile glow run and walk through downtown Columbus on Friday, September 20th that helps raise funds to prevent premature birth, birth defects and mortality in infants nationwide. The event takes place at night and runners are encouraged to wear glow apparel as they run through downtown Columbus. Along with helping to save the lives of babies, runners will also receive a glow necklace, t-shirt, and runner bag. After the race there is an after party featuring a live band, pizza and drinks!
Registration begins at 5:30pm. Opening ceremony at 7:25pm and the race kicks off at 7:45pm! Post-Race Party to follow.
Register online at: http://www.marchofdimesnightmoves.com/
Registration is just $35 through Sept. 19 and $40 the night of event.
Ambassador Family: The Woodruff Family
At Night Moves, you'll have the great fortune to meet the 2013 Ambassadors: The Woodruff Family. Here is their story:
In January of 2007, our son Dylan Woodruff was born, a healthy and happy baby boy. Then, in August of 2008, we learned that Dylan had a sibling on the way. One evening, my wife Molly did not feel well and, after a short trip to the hospital, found herself on bed rest. There were no indications of any complications during the pregnancy, but at 24 weeks of gestation, Rohan Woodruff arrived stillborn on December 30, 2008.
The doctors were unable to determine the exact reason for Rohan's early arrival, but they suspected Molly had developed an incompetent cervix, which basically means the cervix prematurely widens and thins leading to a preterm delivery. This is a rare condition, but even more so given that Molly had carried Dylan to full-term. This came as a complete shock to our family. In 2009, we decided to try one more time. We worked with a specialist who monitored the pregnancy from the beginning. Molly took progesterone shots, also known as 17P, which was developed with the support of March of Dimes research. Molly spent several weeks, including Christmas and New Years, on bed rest in the hospital. Unfortunately, the doctor's suspicions about the incompetent cervix were correct. On January 9, 2010, Isaac Henry Woodruff arrived stillborn at 22 weeks of gestation. We have joined the March of Dimes Night Moves as an active way to remember Rohan and Isaac and to help future babies have healthier beginnings. We hope you will join us for Night Moves on Friday, September 20 as we honor and celebrate all babies who have arrived too soon.
Chris, Molly and Dylan Woodruff
Team Rohan and Isaac
Interested in more information about the event, sponsorship, or getting involved? Please contact:
March of Dimes Central Ohio Division
Tel: (614)392-6042 or (614)865-4513