Family Raises $15,000 for March of Dimes in Memory of Infant Daughter, Challenges Others to Match Funds

BALTIMORE, MD | Thursday, September 21, 2017

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After the loss of their newborn daughter, Caroline Ayla Castner, due to complications from a birth defect, the Castner Family started a fundraising campaign for the March of Dimes. Caroline was born on August 29, 2017, at Howard County General Hospital, a Johns Hopkins Hospital, and passed away the following day at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her rare birth defect, tracheal agenesis, is one of only 200 known cases in medical history. In the wake of this loss, the Castners decided to honor Caroline’s legacy by raising funds for March of Dimes, with the hope to help other babies survive. 

In the week following Caroline's passing, they raised more than $11,000 from friends and family and are now close to $15,000. The generosity of the community has been overwhelming, and the Castner family, in partnership with the March of Dimes Foundation - Maryland Market, is seeking a match from a private or corporate source.

To read more about Caroline’s story, please visit the following site: youcaring.com/carolineayla. Additional giving inquiries can be made by contacting the March of Dimes Foundation - Maryland Market at 410-752-8152 or by emailing Jennifer Tarr, Senior Development Director, at jtarr@marchofdimes.org.

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March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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