$7.5K raised by Kyleigh's Krawlers
DANVILLE - "Kyleigh's Krawlers" raised $7,516 for the March of Dimes' largest fundraiser, the March for Babies.
The fundraising effort by the Coal Township-based team included a few local events this spring and culminated with the annual 2.5-mile walk Sunday at Geisinger Medical Center.
Laurie and Dan Krebs and their 2-year-old daughter, Kyleigh, organized a team as they helped to raise awareness and funds for the March of Dimes, an organization that funds research and programs to help newborn babies and their mothers. March for Babies is the group's largest fundraiser.
Kerri DiDario from the March of Dimes noted Kyleigh's Krawlers was the top family team for 2014 at the Danville march, and that they've raised nearly $12,000 in just two years.
One thousands walkers participated Sunday raising, as of Monday's count, $106,000, DiDario said. The march raised $105,000 in 2013.
The Krebs have stressed that March of Dimes was a blessing as they struggled through the loss of their newborn son, Landon, and the life and death struggle for Kyleigh, his twin sister, after they were born three months premature on Nov. 2, 2011.
Kyleigh has fully recovered after suffering through a variety of medical issues, all while living the first 59 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Janet Weis Children's Hospital on the Geisinger campus.
As ambassadors for March of Dimes, Laurie and Dan visit local hospitals, including Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, and Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital, to speak to families on behalf of the organization.
The Krebs share their story of how March of Dimes organized various functions, including a pizza party and family portraits, for families whose children were in the NICU. The events, the Krebs say, help families cope through difficult times.