I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kmart & March of Dimes. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #TeamKmart
Kmart, the top corporate fundraiser for the March of Dimes, has teamed with celebrity fitness icon, mom and Kmart ambassador Jillian Michaels to kick-off its 2015 fundraising campaign. The funds raised by Kmart will help support teams of scientists who are working to discover the causes of premature birth and develop innovative treatments at five March of Dimes Research Centers.
My babies weren’t premature.
People who know me know that neither of my babies were premature. In fact, both had to be served eviction notices. Apparently, my uterus in a comfy little space. So, why do I choose to support March of Dimes verses any other research organization? Babies. The babies of friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers. Babies who have no shot at anything if we don’t provide for them. Babies like my friend’s daughter, Maelyn.
You can read Maelyn’s full story here, but I will share the short version. On April 23rd, 2005 Maelyn Michelle Greist arrived 15 weeks premature and weighed 1lb 11oz. Maelyn spent 3 months in the NICU, surviving MRSA, 5 blood transfusions, 2 spinal taps & heart surgery. Now, thanks to miracles, modern medicine and research sponsored from donations made to the March of Dimes, Maelyn is a bright, funny & loving 10 year old with no lasting effects of her early arrival.
This year marks Kmart’s 32nd consecutive year supporting March of Dimes and the 23rd as national sponsor of the March for Babies® walks. March for Babies® walks take place this spring and every spring in 700 communities across the country. You can check out more information about the partnership between Kmart and March of Dimes and learn about contributing in-store and online by visiting Kmart.com/MarchofDimes. Kmart has raised more than $125 million to support the work of March of Dimes!
Want an exclusively designed Jillian Michaels/March of Dimes T-shirt? Two lucky commenters will receive one just for leaving a comment on this post.
Do you support March of Dimes? If so, why? Have a preemie of your own? Share your story!
Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstakes, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central. Winners will be selected May 10th and notified via email the same day. Prize fulfillment will be completed by Influence Central.