This past Sunday I participated in the March for Babies. The March of Dimes, with a goal of getting one step closer to help moms have full-term pregnancies, hosts this event every year.

This walk and cause really hit me in the heart. For me, this is personal, and it’s my duty to help in any way I can by raising money for research, to find a cure and to discover why babies are born prematurely.

When I was born, I was only 4 pounds and 6 ounces and arrived four to five weeks early. My mother and I were rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section. Both my life and my mom’s life were in danger.  I spent the first weeks of my life in an incubator until my lungs were fully developed and I could breath on my own. Without the help of the March of Dimes, I just might not be here today to help other families.

As you can tell, this is very personal for me. On Sunday, when I looked around the Johnson & Johnson Facility, I saw tons of families with T-shirts featuring little angels that were not so lucky. I also saw many babies growing strong with the help of the March of Dimes and others with stories like mine. It was a day of both celebration and mourning. It made me very thankful to know there are families, friends, co-workers and employers helping this cause.

I encourage all of you to take a look at the March of Dimes website and learn more about the people working together for healthier, stronger babies.

On a personal note, I’m happy to see that the March of Dimes – Lancaster County, Pa. is so close to reaching their goal of $270,000. Thank you to everyone in Lancaster, Pa. for your hard work and for making our walk on Sunday a special one.