A virtual 5K walk will be held next month to bring attention to Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), a medical condition that affects the growth of babies in the womb, and to raise funds for the Magic Foundation, an organization that provides education and support related to growth-disorders in children.
I recently registered to participate in the IUGR Awareness Day Virtual 5K in honor of my daughter, Emily, who was diagnosed with IUGR and born at 28 weeks gestation -- weighing one pound, eight ounces. The 5K event will start on March 11, 2014, and will end on March 13, 2014, which will be the first-ever IUGR Awareness Day.
Since the 5K is virtual, I get to choose my own course and whether to walk, run, crawl, use the treadmill, or head to the outdoors to complete the race. I will also have the opportunity to complete the race all at once or divide it into shorter segments over the allotted timeframe.
I'm not sure exactly what the weather will be like in early March, but I hope to include Emily and our dog, Bentley, in my walk -- and maybe even some other preemie families. I'll wear my race bib, which will hopefully generate some attention in my neighborhood, and will also find a creative way to decorate Emily's stroller to garner some additional interest.
For more information, or to register for the IUGR Awareness Day Virtual 5K, please see: https://iugrvirtual5k.webconnex.com/2014
Have you registered for the virtual 5K to raise awareness about IUGR? I'd love to know if any Preemie Blessings blog fans will be hoofing it with me -- or if you will be honoring the debut of IUGR Awareness Day in other ways. Please comment below to let me know of your plans!