Big steps help save little babies
Published 10:38 am Monday, April 14, 2014
By Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald
AUSTIN — Hundreds of people gathered at the Holiday Inn in Austin Saturday to take big steps for little infants.
The annual March for Babies raised more than $57,000 this year to help research premature babies and fund other infant programs. That includes a $19,000 donation from the annual Bowling for Babies event, and organizers say more money is coming in. The March for Babies raised about $57,000 last year.
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“It’s awesome,” said March for Babies chairwoman Lisa Morehouse. “That’s what we walk for, and that’s what we are raising this money for.”
The chapter serves the Austin and Albert Lea areas.
March for Babies
Ambassadors Mark and Mikayla Austin were on hand to thank the crowd for their support and to tell their story in hopes it would inspire others to get involved.
The couple, who live in Austin, lost their twins after Mikayla prematurely gave birth in December 2009, five months before her due date.
Mark and Mikayla had tried for several years to have a child, but were unable to. They started
in vitro fertilization and successfully became pregnant with twins.
Yet a routine visit to the doctor five months into Mikayla’s pregnancy turned tragic when doctors found an infection in each twin’s placenta.
Doctors rushed to induce Mikayla, who would give birth to the twins. But Noah, born weighing just 13 ounces and Isabelle 15 ounces, didn’t make it home.
“We came through the experience looking at it as a growing experience,” Mikayla told the crowd at Torge’s Live Saturday morning.
The Austins received a lot of support from their friends, family and the community, which was part of the reason why Mikayla decided to walk in the March for Babies on a whim in 2010 after reading about the walk the day before in the newspaper.
“Every year since we’ve been walking in support of helping babies and making a better life for them,” Mikayla said.