One year ago Maddie left this world. One year ago, I learned that a little girl can change the world.
At that time, I'd only read her mother's blog a handful of times, and I don't remember if I was following her on Twitter or not. All I know is that suddenly, the beauty and power of connections made online became stronger and more evident.
Since that day, I've not missed a post from Heather or Mike. I've not spent a day without thinking of Maddie and how much she should be here. She should be loving on her baby sister, she should be doing all those things 2 1/2 year olds do that drive their parents crazy. Instead, she's frozen in time as a 17 month old.
A little girl I never met, whose parents I never met, changed the way I look at this world. Changed the causes I find important and things I stand up for.
In a little more than two weeks, I will be walking with the March for Maddie team in LA. I will then come home and walk here with my friend and her little girl who was born prematurely last September. Today on the anniversary of her death, I'd like to encourage you to make a donation to March of Dimes. Another option is donating to Friends of Maddie, a program that provides support packs for families with babies in the NICU.