Introducing the 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador

Friday, March 14, 2014

By Brittany Love

Special to the Tribune

I am the mother of Skylar James Daws.

Skylar was born on Sept. 30, 2011. He weighed 2 pounds 12 ounces and was 15 inches long.

My water broke when I was 26 weeks pregnant with Skylar, so I was sent to Vanderbilt and Skylar came into the world at 28 weeks. He was very little, but he was a strong boy. Skylar was a fighter from his first breath, earning him the nickname "Champ." The only obstacle he had to overcome while in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was learning to eat without his feeding tube.

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. I have the March of Dimes and their years of funding research to thank for the survival of my little Champ.

The new Tri-County March for Babies will be held Saturday, April 26, in Rock Creek Park, Lewisburg. Register today at www.marchforbabies.org/event/lewisburgtn.

March of Dimes Bowling for Babies will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Funtime Bowl, 804 West Commerce Street, Lewisburg.

The annual March of Dimes Fundraiser Auction will start at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at WAXO on West Commerce Street.

For more information, or to make a donation, call (931) 359-6641 or (931) 359-6642.