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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Walk America 2007: Team Hallie & Olivia

I'm finally getting a chance to post about our experience at Walk America this past weekend. First, the weather was great. This cannot be taken for granted---we've had miserable weather much of the (alleged) spring here in Philly and finally, finally, something went in our favor. This made getting up at the right early hour of 6 am marginally tolerable (this seemed especially early since we had about 10 people over for an elaborate dinner the previous night. Even with using paper plates and grilling, a dinner party still leaves more dishes than I am eager to do). Anyway, we all got up early, donned our Team Hallie and Olivia t-shirts and headed off (in a three car caravan) for the Art Museum district. There we met up with the other 30 or so members of our team (thank goodness for cell phones!) that included two of Hallie's primary nurses, Grammy, Bubbe Jean (my mom), Grandma Sandy (Hallie's honorary grandmother and Aunt Laura's mother in law), Aunt Laura and all the kids, our friends the Zagurskys and Barags (we were walking not only for Hallie and Olivia but also for Maya and Elana), three of our neighbors and their kids, and numerous friends from all over Philly. It was quite a crowd and, sadly, my photos do not do it justice.

We took off at a nice clip but the team kind of dissolved not long into the walk--it turns out that nurses *are* quick on their feet. Some of us surged ahead, others of us lagged behind, and many of us took advantage of the sunshine during some well deserved breaks:

Others enjoyed the sun while striding along. Here's a nice pic of our friends Carmen and Vicky and their granddaughter Mia:

And here's a lovely shot of adorable Maya Zagursky looking ultra hip in her shades:

Hallie definitely needed her baby bans in this shot:

As I said, these pictures don't do the event justice. And most importantly, beyond walking for our health and to raise awareness about prematurity, we were walking to raise a lot of money to help save babies. And raise money we did: we ended up surpassing our (ever more ambitious) goal -- the tally so far is a whopping $4388. Way to go Team Hallie & Olivia. And hopefully we'll raise even more next year!


Nancy said...

Glad you had a wonderful time and wonderful weather for the walk. And even better that you managed to raise so much money!

We couldn't do our walk this year as Caitlyn is sick...again :( But I love doing it every year and seeing so many people in downtown Chicago blocking the streets.

I must ask, in the picture of Carmen, Vicky, and Mia, did you know the guy in back giving you the thumbs up or did he just pose especially for your picture? I laugh hysterically when I see people do that in the back of my photos!

abby said...

Hi Nancy,

We have no idea who that guy was who was giving us the thumbs up, but I thought it was particularly funny since almost everyone in Fairmount Park on Sunday morning was there for the March of Dimes Walk. It was an extremely diverse crowd in terms of age, race, and probably class. There were some corporate teams (CIGNA, footwear companies, etc) but most of the people there were walking as individuals or as family teams and so many had their babies' stories inscribed on t-shirts. It was very moving. One could really do a very interesting exhibit of such T-Shirts sort of akin to the AIDS quilt...

Laura said...

wtg team olivia and hallie!
it looks like it was a great day.
i sure hope the cali spring weather returns here in time for our walk on the 12th.

Team Youth said...

WalkAmerica is now March for Babies!

Dear March of Dimes supporter,

Your help is needed!

You may have heard the news …WalkAmerica is now called March for Babies. Our new name makes it very clear who we’re walking for ― all babies.

Now we need your help in getting the word out. Whether it’s in a blog, an email to friends or by putting this badge on your website … every mention of our new name helps.

Visit our Web site at for our new logo and other materials to help us spread the word.

While our event name is different, our mission remains the same. March of Dimes is still the champion for babies – raising funds needed for research and programs that make a difference in the lives of babies and their families.

We appreciate your ongoing support. Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at if you have any questions about our new name or our event.

One day all babies will be born healthy, but we have to walk to get there.

Thank you,
March for Babies Team

March of Dimes Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605