Krueger and the Basin Electric Team once again took part in the March for Babies event April 6 at the Bismarck Civic Center. The North Dakota chapter of the March of Dimes orchestrates the walk, which attracted about 400 participants who were able to raise nearly $40,000. This year’s Basin Electric trio contributed $2,211 to the cause, a feat that hits close to home.
March for Babies is especially meaningful for the mother of two because it is largely aimed at fighting the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which could have affected her premature infant daughter, had the right medication not come to be because of research funded by the March of Dimes.
“It’s a very bad virus that attacks the respiratory system,” Krueger says. She adds that the virus affects adults in a way that is similar to the common cold, but can be deadly for babies – especially premature ones.
The values supported by the March of Dimes make taking a stroll to raise awareness a no-brainer for Krueger.
“I suppose it makes me feel proud that I can pass on a little bit of what I was able to benefit from onto others,” she says. “I feel proud the program is there, the people who have been affected are there, and you can always see a sense of accomplishment as the kids grow bigger year after year.”
As business applications developer II for Basin Electric, Krueger also feels it’s important to step up to the track when Basin continues to pledge toward the yearly walk.
“When I know that if I just commit to walking under the Basin name that I’m probably going to get $500 for the March of Dimes, it’s hard to say, ‘No, I don’t have time to do it,’” she says.
Walking beside Krueger during March for Babies this year were Amy Sorge, desktop applications analyst I; and Alyssa Binstock, customer service representative for BTInet.
While supporting March of Dimes – which is celebrating its 75th year – Krueger said she has learned the organization also helps find ways to prevent various birth defects, which often results in the development of new treatments like the ones that helped her daughter.
New fundraisers are on the horizon, and Krueger is eager to attract more volunteers. She says the effort is fun for new and expecting moms, but it is educational for everyone.
“March of Dimes has so much information to offer, even to people who are having healthy pregnancies and have healthy babies,” she says.
Those interested in walking with Basin Electric to support the March of Dimes can email Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org.