UPDATE: Services for Madeline will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 2:30 PM at Old North Church, Forest Lawn, in Hollywood Hills. Please wear purple in honor of Madeline.
I have never seen such generosity amongst (in many cases) total strangers before. In the last couple of days, the willingness of people to give, to donate, to help, to pass on information has been endless and breathtaking. And it's all been for Maddie and of course Heather and Mike, her parents.
Heather, Mike and Maddie had been fundraising and planning on walking in the April 25 March for Babies walk in Los Angeles at Exposition Park for March of Dimes. As a show of support and as a way of honoring Maddie's memory, those of us in the Southern California area are now planning to walk as part of the fast growing March for Maddie Team.
If you will be in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, April 25th and would like to join us, please email me for details. We would love to have as many locals walking in her honor. I am helping organize our L.A. group and will gladly include you on the emails about when and where we will be meeting that morning. Click the "email me" link below the March of Dimes widget in the left column.
If you're not in L.A., there are March of Dimes Maddie Teams everywhere across the U.S. now and you can find one close to you by checking this list. If there isn't a team for Maddie in your area and you would like to start one, you can find instructions on how to set-up your own March for Maddie team here.
No matter where you choose to walk (or if you can't walk, and just want to support the Spohr family) you can purchase March for Maddie t-shirts here. All proceeds will go to the Spohr family.
You will notice that the t-shirts are purple. The Spohr's would like everyone to wear purple in Maddie's memory for the March of Dimes walks as well as at her services. No matter where you are, please wear purple on Tuesday. Any photos you have of groups of you guys wearing purple as a tribute to Maddie or photos you have of her, please upload them here to this Flickr account.
For those who have asked how to change the background on their blog or Twitter profile to purple in honor of Maddie, instructions are here.
Many people who want to help but feel helpless because they're not in the L.A. area are asking what they can do... You can find out more about Operation Purple Balloon in Memory of Maddie here.
In addition, you can click on the March of Dimes widget in the left column to help my fundraising efforts if you'd like. All donations go directly to March of Dimes in Maddie's name. You can also donate directly on her page here.
For those of you who have donated (either to March of Dimes or burial costs) already, thank you. The fundraising efforts have exceeded everyone's expectations and will hopefully save the lives of many babies.
If you're looking for where to send items, Meghan of A Mom Two Boys (who is the organizer behind almost everything you see happening for Maddie) has set up a P.O. Box which can also accepts packages because it's at a UPS Store.
Updated: If you're in the L.A. area and would like to help by bringing food to the Spohr family, Stefanie of Baby on Bored has been kind enough to organize this. You can email her at babyonbored(at)gmail(dot)com to help.
The most amazing mosaic tribute to Maddie has been posted here and I recommend taking a look because it will make you gasp. Click on the photo to zoom in on the thousands of Maddie photographs.