I had a chance to talk with Cassandra and Campbell Elwell, my daughter and grand-daughter, about the March of Dimes’ March for Babies. If you can donate, you can do so HERE.
Below is a hasty transcript of the interview.
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Cassandra Elwell: Hi! Thank you.
Jay Curry: And we’re delighted to have her daughter, my granddaughter, Campbell L. Well. Campbell thank you for joining us.
Campbell Elwell: Hi.
Jay Curry: Let’s talk about March of Dimes, March for Babies. Cassandra could you give us a little mission, history, background on what the March of Dimes and how that relates to March for Babies.
Cassandra Elwell: Sure. It started years ago with President Roosevelt’s personal struggle with polio. He created the National Foundation for infantile paralysis better known as the March of Dimes. Many of your listeners probably remember bringing dimes to school and that literal a March of Dimes that maybe happened in the school hallways. With that… with those pledges and that push of dimes the March of Dimes was the first foundation to conquer its mission. And that was because of the development of a polio vaccine.
Jay Curry: That was amazing by the way, I just happened to be old enough to remember that. When I was about Campbell’s age, when we went down to get our first polio shot. And I remember the plaques that were in every store, where you put a dime in to give a contribution. It was a big program. And the first one to meet its obligations or its goals, right?
Cassandra Elwell: That’s right. Exactly right. And then having accomplished its first mission the March of Dimes thought “OK, what are we going to do next”. But being for children and supporting children. The March of Dimes decided to turn its focus to birth defects and infant mortality. Many of us know that prematurely is the number one killer of babies in the United States. And so prematurely birth goes hand-in-hand with preventing the infant mortality.
Jay Curry: So you, it’s not just that this is a cause. This is really personal for you and for Campbell. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about that.
Cassandra Elwell: It is very personal. Campbell was born at 25 weeks and six days. So a normal pregnancy is 40 weeks. Campbell was born over 14 weeks early. She weighed one pound, four and a half ounces and was 12 and a quarter inches long.
Jay Curry: Wow. Campbell that’s pretty amazing. And you’re 11 years old now. Right? Good, healthy, smart, young girl. Well tell us why… why do you do these marches?
Campbell Elwell: I do it to help raise money for babies to be born healthy.
Jay Curry: Good. Yes this is a big, big nationwide program. You’ve been doing this… now you’re 11 years old, so how long you’ve been doing this?
Campbell Elwell: I walked 10 times.
Jay Curry: What, 10 times in 11 years that’s pretty amazing. You’ve also raised some pretty nice cash for the program. What did you guys do, say this year for example? So Far?
Campbell Elwell: So far I’ve raised over $3,000.
Jay Curry: Three thousand dollars, which Cassandra I understand that puts her in the top 25 in Houston. Which is the largest. That’s pretty amazing.
Cassandra Elwell: That’s right. Top 25 Walker.
Jay Curry: Wow. That’s amazing. Congratulations Campbell. That money will go for good causes, I’m sure. Anything that helps the babies. Now you have your own team, right? That you use every year to raise money. What’s that called?
Campbell Elwell: Peanut parade.
Jay Curry: OK. March of Dimes. Peanut parade, every year it’s the same, right?
Campbell Elwell: Yeah.
Jay Curry: Good for you. OK. Cassandra. Tell us about who we saw walking yesterday.
Cassandra Elwell: There are many teams who walk. That’s part of the fun of March for Babies is meeting other teams and learning why they walk and the family members and friends associated with those teams. We have teams who walk because their company is a sponsor and their employees and you know they’re just coming out for a good day. Family Fun Zone, face painting, all the inflatables that they have and you know lunch, BBQ done. But then there’s families who are walking in memory of their children who didn’t survive with their friends and family. And then of course there’s family teams walking to celebrate and support their premies who were lucky enough to survive. So it’s a great mix of family and friends who come out to walk. And you’re always surprised at who you see there and how prematurity or birth defects has affected one of your friends or coworkers, families that you didn’t know about. It’s such a small world for sure, when it comes to March for Babies prematurity and birth the facts affects many more people than you know.
Jay Curry: There are also some some great, just thrown in a plug for some of the big companies that support it. HEB, Macy’s, Texas Christian Women’s Hospital, Kmart, GE, Reliant. A whole slew of companies are supporting this not only with their dollars but there people are coming in and taking the walk. Now the walk is, we say walk, is that a 30 mile walk. What is it? To be honest folks would we all walk together yesterday so, it was very good. But it’s…
Cassandra Elwell: That’s right. It was a four and a half mile walk.
Jay Curry: Which takes about.
Cassandra Elwell: An hour and a half.
Jay Curry: Hour or hour and a half. 40,000 people walking four and a half miles. It was a pretty amazing event. OK. Folks there are ways for you. The program has a goal of 2.2 million is that right?
Cassandra Elwell: That’s right. And right now they’re at 1.3 million. It’s not too late to donate. They’ll keep bringing in money for the March for Babies for the next few months.
Jay Curry: OK. So can people donate to the peanut parade?
Cassandra Elwell: They sure can. If anyone wants to go to a MarchforBabies.org/peanutparade they can donate to Campbell’s team.
Jay Curry: OK. MarchforBabies.org/peanutparade. Good opportunity folks. Get your $10, $20 or $100 contribution. This is all for the babies. A hundred percent goes to help the number one cause of death in babies. This is very powerful, very important. All right. So we’ve about wrapped up. Anything else we need to be covering. What a great time. Campbell thank you for coming in.
Campbell Elwell: Your welcome.
Jay Curry: Cassandra, it’s a real pleasure. Love you sweetie.
Cassandra Elwell: Thank you.
Jay Curry: All right folks talking about donating. We got to take a short break here, so that we can pay a few bills ourselves but we’re going to be right back. My partner Matt Register we’ll be right back with me and we’ll wrap the show up. Don’t forget the March of Dimes, March for Babies and peanut parade. Let’s raise funds to help the babies. Thank you folks. We’re going to be right back. Don’t go anywhere.
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