I had an absolutely fabulous summer after such a busy March for Babies season. One really great thing that happened at the end of the summer, was that my whole family and I got to go to Washington D.C. for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Ceremony the last week of August. Dr. King was a very influential man and he shaped the history of the United States. It was a great honor for us to be invited to attend his memorial dedication and to celebrate such a powerful legacy. The ceremony was sponsored mostly by none other than my dad’s fraternity – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.! Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene came through D.C. the day before the actual ceremony, but we were still able to participate in the private dedication ceremony and other wonderful events honoring this great man.
School started the day before we went to D.C. and I’m so happy to be back at my elementary school spending time with my friends and learning about wonderful new things. I can’t believe it’s already October, which means that its time for the March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference. In a few weeks, me and my whole family will be going back to Washington D.C. to attend the March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference. This is when other volunteers like me and my family will do something called lobbying, which means that we ask the United States lawmakers to make sure that the laws that they pass help preemies to survive and thrive. This is also the time when the March of Dimes Kicks-Off the 2012 March for Babies season so it will be a really fun few days. The Volunteer Leadership Conference is also a very sad time for me and my family because it means that our National Ambassador Year is slowly coming to a close.
Another really BIG thing happening soon with the March of Dimes is that November is Prematurity Awareness Month – YAY! November 17th is World Prematurity Day, so it will be a day when not only the United States but the whole world takes time to focus on babies born all over the world who were born too small like me. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to be the 2011 March of Dimes National Ambassador. I will never forget this extraordinary year and all of the wonderful people that I have been able to meet. This experience is one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life and there is no way that I could thank the March of Dimes enough for choosing me and my family to serve in this role.
See you after the VLC!