Bikers Raise Money for Premature Babies

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

"Imagine a baby that you can't hold because their skin is so thin that it is like a piece of tissue paper; it rips at the touch. Now everybody sees how cute babies are, can you imagine a baby that you've just given birth to that you can't touch or hold for weeks or months on end? That's what prematurity is," says Organizer Chuck Hazy. And that's exactly how more than 200 babies are born each week in Virginia. Jamie Newman's son Trip was born eleven weeks early weighing 2 pounds 14 ounces. He was in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at UVA for 185 days. "It's really terrifying to see your child that small and not be able to touch him or hold him or comfort him in any way, the first few months are really scary not knowing if you're going to come back and they're going to be there or not or you're going to get a phone call that something has happened to him," says Jamie Newman. Newman says she didn't know it at the time, but the March of Dimes was playing a role in her son's recovery. "March of Dimes helped fund a drug called Surfactant, that helps their lungs grow once they're born premature and Trip did receive that medication." Amy Propst's baby Trevon weighed 2 pounds 10 ounces when he was born. She never thought she'd have to turn to an organization like the March of Dimes. "It's a really good cause, it can really touch anybody, you never think that this is going to be an organization that you're going to need, or that it is going to affect your life and when it does, you're just so thankful that you want to do everything you can to help pay them back for it basically," says Amy Propst. Over fifty bikers came out for the event today and organizers say that eighty cents on the dollar fundraised in Virginia goes to the March of Dimes.


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