March of Dimes Walk for Babies

Dear Students, Faculty, Administration, and Staff,

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small, and often very sick. On April 29, 2012, Molloy Student Government will be attending the March of Dimes Walk at Eisenhower Park. Registration is at 8 a. m. and the event starts at 9 a. m. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Funds raised in March of Dimes support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. The funds will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Our team is walking in the March of Dimes, also known as the March for Babies, because a student here at Molloy, Monica Mannino, lost her son in 2007.
This is her story:
Hi my name is Monica Mannino and I am a Molloy Student. Every year since 2007 my husband and I have participated in the March for babies. We walk for our son Jake-Anthony. Jake was born in 2007 and passed away just 28 days shy of his first birthday. Jake was born premature at 25 weeks, weighed just 1lb 12 ounces and was 11" tall. Jake had a multitude of complications, Chronic lung disease, necrotizing enterocolitis, intra-ventricular hemorrhages, hydrocephalus, towards Jake's last days he was vent dependant...and the list goes on-but by looking at Jake's face and into his big brown eyes you would never be able to tell he was ill. Jake was soft and cuddly, tiny and fragile and at the same time the strongest, littlest person I have ever met. Jake left his footprint on every heart he came across, he was charming and sweet under all the pain he went through. Jake had more than 9 surgeries in his short life, was on most of the medications I hear about in Pharm lecture and still managed to smile through it all. I loved my son more than life and still do and because of that it has been my mission to march for babies. Jake never gave up his fight, so I will continue to fight for him.

I walk in his memory; I was honored to be his mother. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and I hope to find a cure, like many other mothers out there who have lost their children. Please join me, walk with me and my family. Monica Mannino

We care, and we want to do something about this. I know you care, too. That's why I'm asking you to join us. It's easy: just click Molloy team and click the join this team button.

If you can't walk with us, please help by donating to our team. You can do so right on this page. Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start, and thank you for supporting a fellow Molloy Student.

Please come to the walk on April 29 to show support for Monica and her family. Monica is part of the Molloy family. Please come and support a member of OUR family.

Molloy College, an independent, Catholic college rooted in the Dominican tradition of study, spirituality, service and community, is committed to academic excellence with respect for each person. Through transformative education, Molloy promotes a lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership.

Thank you so much, and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Brian Ciampo
President of Molloy Student Government
516-678-5000 ext. 6373