Tamara Miller sent us an email telling us why she walks. Her heartwarming story is posted here below. We LOVE to hear from our walkers. And we’d love to hear from you. Yes, YOU. Tell us why you walk.
Thank you, Tamara, for sharing your story. And for being such a great champion for babies!
We started walking for March for Babies in 2008 under a team through my husband’s work at a local hospital in San Diego, just because it was a great cause. A month before our local walk, our then 9-month old daughter MacKenzie was diagnosed with a Rare Genetic Disorder (SCAD - Short-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase deficiency, a Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorder in which she cannot process any fats). I immediately called our local March of Dimes chapter representative and asked for help. I didn’t know where else to turn, and I needed assistance.
The chapter representative put me in contact with organizations that could help our daughter, including early intervention for some developmental delays, a respite nurse for some assistance, and a behavioral therapist to assist in our daughter learning to self-soothe. Because of the assistance of March of Dimes, we were able to get our daughter the care she needed at a vital point in her life.
MacKenzie has since graduated from early intervention with no signs of delays. While we still have to watch her diet and keep an eye on her when she gets sick, she is an otherwise *normal* child that loves to play and bug her older brother.
Our family has started “Miller Perfusion Family Team” and over the past three years, we have raised over $10,000 in support of March of Dimes, with walkers in Colorado, California, and here in Oregon. We look forward to this year’s walk and already have $1,700+ raised, with more to come in the next month before the walk!
Tamara’s just $140 away from being a Top Walker! Want to help her reach her goal? Click here to donate to her page.