Family and friends,

We are SO excited for our first grandchild, Merritt Leigh Davis, to join our family this coming December.  Back in July, Jenna and Brian found out that Merritt has a condition called spina bifida (SB), a birth defect where the bone and membranes around the spinal cord do not close properly. While this is a serious diagnosis, our family has been encouraged by consultations with various doctors, who believe that Merritt's condition is better than most children with SB.  We also know that Merritt is joining an incredibly supportive and loving family who will ensure she has everything she needs to overcome this challenge.

Over the past few months, Jenna and Brian have been researching SB and looking for ways to get involved and raise awareness.  The 2017 Virginia Beach Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida is the largest fundraiser of the year supporting the Mid-Atlantic Region Chapter of the Spina Bifida Association (SBA), and our family thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get involved with this wonderful organization.

Our team, Miles for Merritt, will be participating in the Walk-N-Roll, and we would be honored to have your support!


There are several ways to get involved/help support our team:

  • DONATE!* (Click "Support Me" at the top of the page) We would sincerely appreciate donations (of any amount) to help our team reach our fundraising goal.  The money we raise will go directly to the SBA to help support local community programs and services for all individuals affected by SB, as well as national awareness, prevention, and research initiatives.
  • WALK WITH US! We invite you to join us in person at the Walk-N-Roll, which will be held at Mt. Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach, VA on October 28th at 9:00AM.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER SEPARATELY!  Just e-mail us at to RSVP for the walk, and dont forget to order your T-shirt (see below)!
  • ROCK A SHIRT!  On the day of the event, our team will be wearing their Miles for Merritt T-shirts (special thanks to Butch Edenton).  If you can’t join us at the event, you are still more than welcome to purchase a shirt(s) to show your support!  Click here to order shirts.  The last day to order shirts is Friday, October 6th.  Note: T-shirts are available at cost, and do not include a donation.  T-shirts will be brought to the event (for those joining us in person) or mailed via USPS.  For those not joining us in person, please include your mailing address in the "private note" field of the online checkout page.  Contact with any questions or concerns!

Thank you so very much for your love and support, we are so excited for you to meet Merritt very soon!


Jim and Jo Ann Bortz

*The Spina Bifida Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Additionally, your corporation may have its own employee giving or matching gift program, which could double (or even triple) the power of your personal donation. Check with your employer today!


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