Hello! We are the Wackrow Family: Jonathan, Jocelyn, Hunter (33 Weeker), Carter (34 Weeker), and Taylor (28 Weeker). We are a premi- family. If you are a member of the NICU club then you know it is one of the most difficult and emotional rollercoaster rides you have ever experienced. It has lots of highs and lows; far too many a tale to tell. You probably have heard of the March of Dimes but really don't know exactly what they do unless you have had a premature child or children, The March of Dimes helps NICUs, premature babies and conducts important research to stop premature births. As parents of 3 premature babies with Taylor being our most severely premature, we felt propelled to pay it forward and find a positive way to celebrate our children and others like them. We also wanted our children to always remember their premature roots and embrace any hurdles in life by knowing they were already champions in our eyes. We are a dedicated family to this cause and founded our team "Taylor Tot" for the March of Dimes in February 2009 while Taylor was in the NICU.
Primarily founded to aid in our own healing, it has become a wonderful part of who we are as a family! Team Taylor Tot and the March for Babies continue to provide the opportunity for us to "pay it forward" and help others. It is a wonderful way to celebrate our family and help others every year. Please read more about us and consider becoming a part of our team and donating today! Thank you!
Team Taylor Tot Facts:
2021 March of Dimes Gala Ambassador Family
2020 Boston March for Babies Ambassador Family
Jocelyn is currently the #1 individual fundraiser in Boston, and the team is the #2.
We have raised over $215,000.00 dollars since 2009!
Our first 2 walks, 2010 & 2011, were in Washington D.C. we then moved our family team to Massachusetts Cape Cod and the Islands to be closer to all of our friends and family who truly are the heart of our team!
Jocelyn has been a TopWalker for 5 years!
Our Team has been a Top Team for 5 Years and a National Top Team as well!
Taylor Jean was named the Cape Cod Ambassador in 2014!
2014 Meet the Cape Cod Ambassador Family -- The Wackrow Family
This is the Wackrows third year walking in the Cape Cod March for Babies as Team Taylor Tot. They are consistently a top family team for our state and Jocelyn is a fundraising pro! Although the Wackrow family lives in MD, they return to their native MA to walk on Cape Cod each year with family and friends. We are so grateful to have their support in our state! Here is why they walk in March for Babies, in Jocelyn's (Taylor's mom) words:
At 41 years of age, I was considered high risk while pregnant with Taylor. Having had Pre-eclampsia in the past with my two sons, born at 33 and 34 weeks, I was closely monitored during my pregnancy. I gradually became ill in my second trimester and was admitted to the hospital at 27 weeks. I had HELLP syndrome which is avariant of Pre-eclampsia.
Due to my condition, Taylor was delivered via an emergency c-section at 27 weeks, 6 days. Due to my illness, I was unable to be part of Taylor’s first days. This was the beginning of life in the NICU for our family. Taylor’s had many scary and life-threatening health battles in the NICU. Taylor battled in the NICU’s of two hospitals for 139 days. Each day was filled with both setbacks and victories.
The past four years have been filled with clinics, doctors, physical therapy, occupational therapy and illnesses due to her prematurity. Taylor has overcome her blood disorder, breathing issues, Torticollis, hip dysplasia, pneumonia, RSV and numerous other health conditions.
Today, Taylor amazes her and us doctors with her cognitive abilities. She continues to struggle with her physical development and eyesight, yet her fierce spirit propels her forward.
Our commitment to March for babies began with a long night in the NICU watching Taylor fight to live. The March of Dimes research and support is critical to help fight prematurity and we are extremely grateful.