Shannon, Olivia Moonpie, and I are walking in the Fort Worth March of Dimes’ March for Babies on April 19th. As I said in my last post, we have resurrected Team On The Road to remember Lennox and Zoe while we celebrate Olivia Moonpie.
Every year, Tash from Awful But Functioning carries names of babies with her to a remembrance ceremony. She writes them on a list and puts it in her pocket as she goes to remember Maddalena. It’s that simple act of another person writing the name of the child no one got to know that helps keep them here. I’d like to do something similar when we walk this April. I’d like to carry two lists with us, because we are walking for two groups – those babies who aren’t here but should have been and those babies who are here despite everything they went through. Remembrance and Celebration. If you would like your child/children’s name to go on the March with us, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be my honor to have them walk with us. I’d like to have a list of the names of those who “join” us here on the blog, so please let me know in your email if you would prefer not to be on that list. And, I’m ok with nicknames or real names. It’s about honoring the babies, not making you uncomfortable.
Now, Team On The Road is trying to raise $1000. That seems like a huge goal to me, but I decided to think BIG with this. It does mean that I need your help. There are a variety of ways you can help Team On The Road out. I’ve listed some groups below, each one with a different way to help us out. The nice thing is, you can join as many as you like!
Red Group: Be our cheerleaders! Use the comment section to show your support for Team On The Road.
Orange Group: Donate. I mean, it is a fundraiser after all. If everyone who reads this blog every day donated a couple of dollars, we’d exceed our goal! There’s a reason they called it the March of Dimes…every little bit adds up and means so very much.
Yellow Group:Write a post on your blog (or tweet/post it at your church/update your facebook status/tell your mommies’ group/you’ve got the idea) about Team On The Road with a link to either this post or to our fund raising page at http://www.marchforbabies.org/OurOwnCreation.
Green Group: Put a badge on your blog’s sidebar. I’ve put a couple here. Let me know if you need help with them.
Blue Group: Join Team On The Road and walk with us. If you are in Fort Worth and want to walk with us in April, we’d love to have the company. I assume you can join Team On The Road and walk in your local March for Babies, too.
Rainbow Group: Multi-colored! Do any combination of the above. Seriously, I’ve personally benefitted from the amazing power of the internet in the past (I still haven’t forgotten how everyone came together to help me out). I know we can do this!
So, to recap: Join a group and help Team On The Road (and feel free to post in the comments what part of the rainbow you are. You deserve some recognition for helping out) and send me names of babies to join us as we walk, honor, and remember.
And, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.