Local March for Babies Walker

Aug 25th, 2014

#7 Fundraiser in Nation for 2014
Over 3 Million people participate in the event nationwide

Las Cruces, NM – Jeffrey Silva has been named the #7 fundraising walker in the country by the March of Dimes for his participation in the 2014 Las Cruces March for Babies walk. Silva raised $29,825 for the March of Dimes through the annual Team Zane Celebrity Waiter event in Las Cruces for 2014. Over 3 Million walkers and donors participated in 692 March for Babies events across the country this year. Silva will be formally recognized at the National March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona this September.

Zane Silva was born 10 weeks premature in November of 2007 and weighed only 2.5 pounds. Doctors and nurses told the Silva family that Zane might not survive – and if he did, they had no idea what problems he would have as a result of his prematurity. During his time in Neonatal Intensive Care, Zane endured 11 transfusions, breathing difficulties, heart surgery and hernia surgery. He came home for the first time in February 2008, after nearly four months in the hospital.

Since their experience, Zane’s Dad, Jeffrey Silva, has become a local and state March of Dimes leader and raised almost $120,000 to find ways to prevent premature birth and improve local services and emotional support for families who have a baby in Neonatal Intensive Care. In 2009, Silva founded “Team Zane” and began the Annual Team Zane Celebrity Waiter fundraising event that raised almost $9000 in its first year. In its fourth year in 2013, the event sold out the Las Cruces Convention Center and raised $37,742, placing Team Zane in the Top Ten Family Teams in the entire nation.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, call the New Mexico Chapter at 505-344-5150, the Las Cruces office at 575-523-2627 or visit marchofdimes.com/newmexico or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook.