March of Dimes announces new ambassador

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

The regional March of Dimes kicked off its year by announcing the 2015 Ambassador Family during last Thursday's meeting.

About 15 people met at Marshall Medical Center to go over upcoming plans for the year with the March of Dimes.

The goal of the program is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

Each year the March of Dimes selects a local child and family whose life was saved by the March of Dimes' research, programs or educational campaigns.

During the meeting, Katie Tucker, community director for March of Dimes, introduced the new 2015 ambassador family, the Lashwood family.

In 2014 the Lashwoods joined March of Dimes Walk for Babies and called themselves Team Jonah's Journey. They raised a little over $1,000 in their first year.

"After hearing Jonah's story of his premature birth and early struggles, I knew this family would be perfect to represent Lewisburg in 2015," said Tucker.

"Lenzie and Chris are such proud parents of their little man, Jonah, and we're honored to have this amazing family represent March of Dimes in the Lewisburg community this year."

Jonah Bryne Lashwood, the son of Lenzie and Chris Lashwood, was born Sept. 26, 2013, at only 30 weeks gestation. He weighed 3 pounds, 9 ounces and was 16 inches long. He was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit a total of 55 days.

"Throughout those 55 days there were many ups and downs, but we knew he was a fighter," said Lenzie.

After a long rollercoaster of tests, spells, and setbacks, the family was released from the hospital on Nov. 20.

Jonah's parents say he is the happiest and healthiest baby without any problems or complications. Even though he is on the small side, Jonah being healthy and happy is what is most important to the Lashwoods.

During the meeting, attendees who pledged to set a personal goal $1,000 on their online fundraising page received a purple bead.

Those who received a bead participated in a game called "Heads or Tails."

The winner of the game, Lynn Gilpin, received a pizza party for her team, two entries to win the Ace Bayou gaming chair incentive giveaway, and one entry to win a pair of concert tickets to see Meghan Trainor in Nashville.

The March of Dimes' annual March for Babies will be held on April 25 at Rock Creek Park.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Tennessee help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, NICU family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.