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March of Dimes needs help for March for Babies

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2015

The March of Dimes will hold March for Babies Sunday, April 19, at Hier’s Park. The March of Dimes is looking for people and businesses in the community to help grow the event through teams and sponsorships. Community members are also needed to serve on a committee for the walk.

People are encouraged to form a team of two or more people to raise money and participate in the event. As more than 450,000 babies were born prematurely in 2013 and 15 million babies are born too soon globally, every year, and 1 million die, the March of Dimes is leading a global effort to defeat premature birth. It funds teams of researchers to find answers and develop preventions through educating women and assisting health professionals. The work has paid off in a 7-year decrease in the preterm birth rate, but more work is needed.

Even if a family hasn’t had a preterm birth, the cost to the community’s health is reflected through insurance premiums. The March of Dimes invites individuals and businesses to work with them to raise the necessary funds to combat one of the largest threats to children’s health today and uncover the causes of premature birth and develop preventions.

Locally, the March of Dimes ambassador family for 2015, is Adam and Tiffanney Drummond. Their complete story is on the event website at www.marchforbabies.org/event/huntington. Other ambassador families from Huntington include Chris and Jenny Newton, Jeremy and Amanda Gardner, Geoff and Jamie Shenefield and Brett and Reggie Molitor.

To participate in or help sponsor the event, contact Kristi Geiger, division director, March of Dimes Northeast Division, 303 Stable Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Call Geiger direct at (260) 918-6343 or (260) 705-0537. Visit the websites at www.marchofdimes.com/indiana and www.marchforbabies.org.