...Walking Route 66 Across America to Fight Birth Defects

 




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She Made It!

63-year old Billie Gardner walked 2,448 miles in 5 months (20 miles a day) to raise funds and awareness to help prevent birth defects.

Billie (pictured above center), and her team of drivers, began her 2,448 mile walk on Sunday, January 1, 2001, from the Santa Monica Pier in California, and finished at the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago on Sunday, May 27, 2001.  Over her 5 month journey, Billie spread the word to thousands of people on her long walk.  Interviewed by numerous TV stations and Newspapers along the way, she walked to raise funds and awareness for birth defects.  She continues to educates people about the need for all women of child bearing years to take 0.4 mg of folic acid every day to prevent possible birth defects, and that certain neural tube defects are now treatable in the womb, via fetal surgery.

Now that the journey is over, Billie is at home spending time with the grandchildren, writing a book, and thinking of other ways to help children. Please, look around our site, sign up for our email list to get regular updates about her progress, and please consider giving a donation to this wonderful cause.  Funds raised help support March of Dimes and fuel additional fetal surgery research.

Tell a friend about this wonderful cause.  Don't forget to sign our guest book to let us know what you think and to show your support.

NEWS REPORTS - Click here to read the clips from newspapers and TV stations along the way, talking about the Walk for Babies.  Miss Billie completed her journey on schedule, despite freezing rain, snow, lung condition, arthritis, and vehicular breakdowns.  When asked once by a reporter if she was going to stop walking for a awhile, she said, "Nope, my babies need me."

About spina bifida and Folic Acid
   * Up to 70 percent of all cases of spina bifida could be prevented by women having enough folic acid in their systems before pregnancy.
   * The March of Dimes recommends that women take a multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid daily, and eat a healthy diet including foods rich in folic acid.
   * Foods that contain folate (natural folic acid) include: orange juice, other citrus fruits and juices, leafy green vegetables, beans and whole-grain products. Multivitamins, fortified breakfast cereals and enriched grain products contain a synthetic form of folic acid that is more easily absorbed by the body than the natural form.
   * Women should not take more than 1,000 micrograms (or 1 milligram) without their doctor's advice.
   Source: March of Dimes

 


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