VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Thousands of walkers will hit the streets in Virginia Beach and on the Peninsula Sunday morning for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies.
For Virginia Beach mother Stephanie Davis, the event is personal.
“I was in complete shock. I just went to the hospital because I didn’t feel quite right,” said Davis, describing her first pregnancy in 2010.
Baby Amira was a miracle for the Davis family, who tried two years of fertility treatments.
“Unfortunately when I was eight months along, we realized that she didnt make it,” said Davis. “So I actually had to give birth and she was stillborn.”
The couple named her Amira, meaning ‘princess.’ They held her and took pictures at the hospital.
“She was real. She was two pounds, two ounces. She had blonde curly hair and blue eyes,” said Davis. “She was our daughter.”
Doctors never determined a cause for the stillbirth, but in the process of all that testing, they found something wrong with Davis.
“I find peace in it, that I was able to find out that I have congestive heart failure, when all of this came about that she didn’t survive,” said Davis. “That makes me believe that everything does happen for a reason.”
Six months after baby Amira’s death, another miracle graced the Davis family – another pregnancy – another little girl, named London. At the age of two, she will walk alongside her mother in the March for Babies. It’s a family tradition.
“[Last year] she wore a sign that said, ‘I’m the little sister. My big sister is an angel,’” said Davis.
Stephanie shares their family story, hoping it will inspire others to donate to the March of Dimes.
“Even $5 makes a difference,” she said. “To be able to do a test and get an answer.”
Davis raised $2,500 for this year’s walk and her employer, Grand Furniture, matched that money for a total donation of $5,000.