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Serenity Ruiz

The Memory Mile is a way for March of Dimes and volunteers to remember why we raise all of this money and do all of this work. These banners are dedicated to children that have been lost in the fight to eradicate prematurity and birth defects.

Today we sorted through the Memory Mile banners and got them ready for the March for Babies. As we were going through them, I saw one that stood out.

The reason this banner stood out to me is simple.

This little girl had the same birthday as me.

On the day she was born I was celebrating my own 18th birthday. I was celebrating the day I became an adult, the day I really started my life. I thought I was on top of the world.

While I was reveling in the fact that I was 18, some family was mourning the loss of a brave little girl who was never even given a chance to grow up.

I bet that little girl would have been three times the person I am. That is why I am so glad to be a part of this great organization. I don’t want to think about how great these kids could have been, or how talented they would have been as adults. I want them to grow up and become the successful individuals they deserve to be.

Every year more research comes out that will eradicate this horrible loss of life. It is the March of Dimes that helps make that research possible. I have to hope someday when I have a daughter that I won’t have to worry about loosing her. The work we do now will pay off in the future, and eventually there will be no new banners made. I have to believe in that.

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