Walkers raise funds for March of Dimes


Tiffaney Drummond talks about her daughter Carter’s experience after being born prematurely in 2014. Carter was the ambassador for the 2015 Walk for Babies sponsored by the March of Dimes. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Walkers took to the streets of Wabash on Saturday, May 2, for the annual March for Babies fundraising campaign for the March of Dimes.

While numbers were down this year because of a variety of other activities scheduled around the area, officials are thankful for participants and sponsors.

“I was hoping for a better turnout,” Walk coordinator Pat Vanlandingham said. “We had some teams that didn’t show up. And I know there are some other good causes that are going on today, and the first soccer games are going on, too, so we’re competing with a lot of other events.”

Walkers took a lap around the Paradise Spring Historical Park before heading along the Wabash River Walk then south to Vernon Manor Children’s Home and back.

Before leaving, the walkers heard an emotional story from Huntington residents Adam and Tiffanney Drummond about their youngest child, Carter Elizabeth, who was born in November 2014.

“We had two pretty easy pregnancies before,” Mrs. Drummond said. “Carter’s started out the same way. Toward the end of my pregnancy I started having some complications.”

After two special ultrasounds, she continued, doctors determined it would be better for Carter to be born than for Mrs. Drummond to continue with her pregnancy.

“So, at 37 ½ weeks, we thought, ‘Sure, no problem,” she said. “She was born after a very rapid delivery with fluid on her lungs.

“She didn’t cry a lot, but we thought maybe that’s just her. But we did notice some shallow and rapid breathing. As the day went on, we noticed it more and more. “

Carter was taken to the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) for a consultation, and was kept there.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” Mrs. Drummond said. “She was gone for like three hours, and nobody told us anything.  She ended up hooked up to IVs and on monitors.  Due to the rapid delivery she ended up with fluid on her lungs.”

She eventually developed pneumonia and was in the NICU for 10 days.

“(That) definitely was the longest days of our lives,” Mrs. Drummond said. “The day I got discharged and she had to stay was horrible.”

The family developed a routine to spend as much time with their daughter in the NICU, while not taking time away from their two older children, Carson and Chase.

“Today, Carter is healthy and happy,” Mrs. Drummond said. “But there was a lot of technology in the NICU that really helped Carter and really helped us know exactly where she was at each day.”
She said that obviously taking a pregnancy to full term is the best thing to do.

“But if they have come early … there’s an organization like the March of Dimes to help each baby.”

Also prior to the walk, Mayor Robert Vanlandingham read a proclamation naming May 2 as March for Babies Day and “I urge all citizens to recognize the March of Dimes for their contributions to babies born in Wabash County.”

Posted on 2015 May 19