Sunday, April 24, 9 a.m.; Paul Brown Stadium
Thousands of families will take part in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies, which celebrates babies born healthy and honors those who need help to survive and thrive.
A new event is the Fifth Third Bank 5.3K Run for Babies, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. and start from Paul Brown Stadium. The Kids Fun Run for Babies and Diaper Dash Crawl are returning and will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Sawyer Point. Post-event activities also will be at Sawyer Point.
The Jennings family is this year’s Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Ambassador family. In 2003, Tara and Rob Jennings’ daughter Audrey was born at 36½ weeks with no complications. In 2005, 24 weeks into another normal pregnancy, Tara went into labor caused by problems with the placenta. Ethan was born a few hours later and lived 10 hours.
In 2006, the couple were expecting again, and the baby was due Dec. 8. An ultrasound revealed issues with the placenta, and Tara Jennings was advised to go on bedrest. She received weekly progesterone injections to prevent term labor and two rounds of steroids. At 34 weeks, baby Aidan’s lungs were not developed enough and Tara was advised to remain hospitalized for two more weeks. Aidan had other plans.
On Oct. 28, 2006, Aidan Patrick Jennings entered the world, weighing 4 pounds 14 ounces. He was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit at TriHealth Good Samaritan, treated for jaundice and fed through a tube, while learning to suck and swallow from a bottle. After 2½ weeks in the NICU, Aidan went home. Today, he is an active 9-year-old.
The Jennings family is dedicated to helping others have the positive outcome they did.
“Knowing there is an organization like the March of Dimes that researches premature birth and birth defects and has had so many discoveries in medicines to help prevent or treat complications is gratifying,” said Rob Jennings. “Giving to the March of Dimes and fundraising for such a great cause have been a passion of our family. I hope other families will join us.”
They will be joined by Teresa Tanner, the Greater Cincinnati March for Babies chair. Tanner is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Fifth Third Bank.
Info: marchofdimes.org or 513-769-3588