This spring, CycleBar is teaming up with March of Dimes across the nation to help fund lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Our Director of Giving Michelle Hitchcock (she’s the one who helps organize and orchestrate all of our CycleGiving rides) has been personally touched by the March of Dimes, and we are honored to share her story.

February 20, 2016 was one of the scariest moments of my life. I was 25 weeks pregnant (barely halfway through my pregnancy), and had been rushed to the hospital and placed on bedrest. Doctors and nurses were not optimistic as they inundated my husband and I with the complications that our baby could experience: cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness, or hearing loss.

I stayed in the Special Care unit and got transferred back and forth to the high-risk delivery unit three times during my stay. With the help of a magnesium drip, I managed to stay pregnant for two more weeks.

Sixteen days after I was admitted to the hospital, Samuel was born at 3am. He was 13 weeks early and weighed just 2 pounds, 6 ounces. I saw his tiny little face for a few seconds before they whisked him off to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Sam spent 66 days in the NICU, and my husband Luke and I spent hours each day at the hospital after work to be with our son. We learned very quickly what it means to have a premature baby and the special care he needed during and after his hospital stay.

With the support of March of Dimes, we got through the toughest days we had ever experienced, and now have a beautiful, happy, healthy baby boy who is celebrating his first birthday today!

I’d personally like to invite you to join in on your studio’s ride to support the March of Dimes. Donations made to the March of Dimes saves millions of babies and children—like our Sam—from death and disability through their lifesaving research and innovative programs for families like mine experiencing life with a premature baby.

Michelle Hitchcock, CycleBar


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