|Hosting the March For Babies Kick Off Breakfast in Albany.|
Every so often I am asked to speak at an event, attend a parade or visit a school. It comes with the territory when you are a local tv reporter. It is a fun part of the job....getting out and meeting people in the community. Earlier this year I was asked to host the March of Dimes breakfast. It's a kick-off event for the annual March for Babies. I was honored to take part and excited about becoming involved with such a wonderful organization. The March of Dimes mission is to make sure ALL babies are born healthy. http://www.marchofdimes.com/
During Ella's time in the NICU, we learned a lot about the March Of Dimes. You are flooded with information and paperwork at the hospital, but the March of Dimes helps families sort through so many different things.
I was grateful for the information and support while we were in the hospital, but I don't think I truly understood how important the work of the foundation is until I was invited to the breakfast. I had the privilege of hearing from people who have come back year after year to raise thousands of dollars. Some had heartbreaking stories about losing a baby, yet they still wanted to make a difference -- use their grief to help another family. Other people had very happy stories, healthy babies and great successes thanks to research money raised. I knew then that I wanted to do more. I guess the local organizers and I were on the same page! They asked me to be a spokesperson for the March of Dimes of Northeast New York. This fall I will begin attending events and meetings to speak to groups about the work of the March Of Dimes and explain why continued support is so critical. I have been asked to share my own story. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. I know the speaking part will be natural for me, but sharing my personal experiences may prove a little more challenging....baby steps For me too I guess :)