NHS members walk in March of DimesTuesday, May 13, 2008 By Angie Youngs
A new baby can be one of the happiest moments in a person’s life, but when the baby arrives much too soon, it can be one of the scariest. Most pregnancies last about 37 to 40 weeks, or a full term. Babies born before 37 weeks are called premature, which is a serious medical condition. A premature baby is more susceptible to a number of birth defects and diseases. “We are selling the little [paper] footprints. There are also kids walking around asking for sponsors for the walk,” National Honor Society [NHS] advisor, Mrs. Angela Ohlenkamp said. For the past few years, NHS has helped fundraise and support the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes is an organization which benefits premature babies. “It’s [the March of Dimes] important because all babies should be able to live a healthy life,” senior and NHS member Katie Kirchhoff said. Their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out its mission by conducting research, community service and public education. “I’ve always done the March of Dimes walk, even before I was a sponsor,” Mrs. Ohlenkamp said. The walk took place on Sunday, April 27 at Highland High School. “I love kids, and the walk is being held to help raise money for babies who are born prematurely,” Kirchhoff said. Mrs. Ohlenkamp finds it important to help out with non-profit organizations. She said that it’s important to be aware of the world outside one’s own. “They’re [students] doing something to benefit someone and not themselves,” Mrs. Ohlenkamp said. Many students are willing to show their caring side by helping out and supporting the cause. Not only do some students sell paper feet for $1, but many also take part in the nine-mile walk. “There are thousands of people [at the walk]. It’s pretty amazing,” Mrs. Ohlenkamp said. The survival rate of premature babies is very low, therefore, the NHS members’ goal is to help out in any way possible.