Board Member, Family Team Committee, Walk Chair and more
Tamara Miller started supporting March of Dimes after her daughter, MacKenzie, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (SCAD) deficiency, when she was nine months old. In laymen’s terms, it means that her body cannot process certain fats. It is a metabolic disorder under the family of Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders (FAODs). At the time of her diagnosis, she was both physically and developmentally behind for her age group. Tamara contacted March of Dimes to see if they could help MacKenzie get the care she needed. Due to the direction of March of Dimes, MacKenzie received care through Respite Nurse, as well as an Early Intervention Specialist to assist in her development and growth. Now, MacKenzie is on par with her peers in her Kindergarten class. Tamara and her family know that MacKenzie’s good health is a direct result of the Early Intervention she received through the assistance and direction of March of Dimes.
Tamara supports March for Babies by walking with her family team. In 2008 and 2009 she was a Top Walker. In 2010 she walked in the Josephine County March for Babies for the first time. Tamara was then asked to serve on the Josephine County Board as a Family Team Committee Member for the 2011 walk. That year, Tamara and her family raised $20,000. By 2012, she became the Chairperson for the Josephine County March for Babies. 2013 marks her 6th year volunteering with March of Dimes. Tamara loves being involved and she appreciates having the ability to spread the word about March of Dimes’ mission.
Two of her three children were born early, so Tamara wants to ensure that all babies reach full-term, and that no mother has to know the fear of having a preemie. She is inspired by her daughter MacKenzie everyday. At nine months old, doctors told her to celebrate if she made it to her first birthday. Today, MacKenzie is five and a half. She is Tamara’s little miracle.
When asked what she was born to do, Tamara said, “I believe that everyone is meant to do something special…and I feel in my heart, that it is my job to educate people about the mission of March of Dimes. I know that the money I raise is helping families (like mine) get the education or medical care that they need for their baby. If I can educate one person about the importance of March of Dimes and help to prevent premature births in the process, then I know I’m doing good. I walk so that all babies can be born healthy and full-term.”
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Top Walker, Volunteer, Chapter Ambassador…
Heather Irwin supports March of Dimes because her son Jaxson was born at 25 weeks. He weighed only 455 grams and he was only 11.5 inches long. Heather deiced to walk in March for Babies while Jaxson was in the NICU.
“After learning a bit more about March of Dimes and what they do, it made me realize that without them, there would have been no hope for my son. Their research and development has been instrumental in his survival.”
This year will be her 5th year supporting March of Dimes. She has initiated the Family Teams Board for her area, helped re-route the walk last year, and she has gone to other fundraisers and events. Heather continues to raise money each year to help prevent prematurity and lower health risks involved. In 2009, her son was an Ambassador.
Heather has always felt a need and desire to do volunteer work and help her community. Before her son was born she didn’t have the passion or dedication to follow through with finding a way to give back. However, two months after his birth, she came across March of Dimes. After signing up for her first walk, Heather tried her hardest to raise money because the walk was being held on Jaxson’s due date. She did not want to see other people go through what she had to go through when her son was born. In just three short weeks Heather was able to raise almost $5000.
Heather realizes that without March of Dimes Jaxson may not be as healthy as he is today. The survival of her son pushes her each year to raise money and try to help in any way that she can. The development of surfactant has significantly helped Jaxson.
When asked what she was born to do, Heather said, “The one thing that really excites me is giving back and volunteering. So, if I was born to do one thing, it would be to help others.”
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Registered walkers that raise $200 for March for Babies by APRIL 29th will be entered to win a $300 Big 5 Gift Card! Funds can be raised online, submitted on bank days or turned in at walks happening this weekend.
Are YOU eligible? Make sure you’re entered to win by registering and turning in your fundraising dollars THIS week!
Winner will be announced May 24th by phone and the gift card will be mailed within 4 weeks.
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March for Babies day is just 2 weeks away and we need some volunteers in Portland and Vancovuer to help us make the day a fun and fabulous one for everyone.
Can you come out and help us?
In Portland we need:
- Team Photo Check-in
- Food Court
- Route Monitors
Here’s a form with the hours for each opportunity. If you can make it, fill this form out and return it as instructed on the form.
In Vancouver we need:
- 3 – 5 people to help with registration from 7:00 am to 9:30 am.
Contact Caitlin at 971-270-2895 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help in Vancouver.
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Thanks to all you Portlanders who took part in the 75-hour Fred Meyer Challenge over the weekend and raised more for the babies! Congratulations to the winners who will receive Fred Meyer Gift Cards ranging from $50 to $250!
Raised over $1,000 – Won $250 Fred Meyer Gift Card
Raised over $500 – Won $150 Fred Meyer Gift Card
- Melissa Locke -Locke Twins
- Tarin O’Brien – US Bank East Metro
- Dayrol Griffin – US Bank-CC-Lockbox Service
Raised over $200 – Won $100 Fred Meyer Gift Card
- Chelsea Tower – AT & T Mobility
- Felicia Mason* – Baby Emmett
- Carmen Douglass – Baby Emmett
- Jodi Hoeft – Charlie’s Angles
- Nichole Karn – For Joslyn
- Mary Janowski** – For the love of Katrina
- RaeAnn Heath – Harland Financial Solutions
- Nicole Richardson – Precious Hunter
- Erica Dickson** – Sinclairity
- Scott Hardin – Sinclairity
- Rosemary Cummings – Singer Twins
- Julie Blaufuss** – Team Blaufuss
- Penelope Teeny* – US Bank East Metro
- Maureen La Tendresse – US Bank-CC-Return Items
- Stacee Gardner – GenBrookBai
Raised over $75 – Won $50 Fred Meyer Gift Card
- Kimberlee Smith
- David Anderson – Cascade Region
- Jessica Heintz – Doin’ it for the Babies
- Buffie LaRocca – MLC MFB WALK
- Scott Sandie – Team Sandie
- Anya Smith – Zeta Phi Beta – Pi Alpha Zeta
* Raised over $500
** Raised over $1,000
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We delivered a whole heap of tulips today as part of our Blooms for Babies promotion benefitting March for Babies. In case you are a lucky recepient of a bunch (or two) of10, here are some tips for you.
Thank you to our Farmers Insurance volunteer for sharing these tulip tips with us in honor of Blooms for Babies day!
Tulips are the only flowers that keep growing after you cut them, you may want to trim them after a few days to keep the length you want.
Tulips will grow toward sunlight, so if you have your tulips next to a window, you will want to turn them every day, so they don’t all grow in one direction.
Tulips love copper, if you have an older penny drop it in the water with your tulips, or put them in a copper vase.
Tulips also love gin, add a splash to the water and they will be happy!
If your tulips have grown in a curve, and you want them to stand up again, take a straight pin and poke a hole all the way through the stem near the bottom of the bulb, your tulip will stand straight again.
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Teri leading the warm up before March for Babies
Teri Wexted has supported March of Dimes for the past twenty years in both California and Oregon. March of Dimes has allowed her to help make a difference in the lives of babies and their families who need the support of the organization.
March of Dimes is close to Teri’s heart because she was a preemie herself, and she lost a sister who was only alive for six hours due to complications. Teri believes that March of Dimes funded research is saving lives each and every day. Through her support she helps create awareness, provide hope, and raise the money needed to discover new ways to save more lives.
Teri supports March of Dimes by leading the Warm-Up for March for Babies in downtown Portland. Each year she selects around six children from the audience to join her on stage for the exercises. Teri has even included a celebrity mascot to help motivate the morning crowd.
Teri is inspired by her family, and the smiles on the faces of those that she has helped. She loves seeing the kids at March for Babies smile after she takes them up on stage during the morning warm-ups.
When asked what she was born to do, Teri said, “I was born to make a difference, as we are ALL called to do, and therefore, I want to lead by example.”
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