Hun­dreds rally at March for Ba­bies

More than $105,000 raised to help ba­bies be born healthy

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Ap­prox­i­mately 600 mem­bers of the South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity showed their sup­port of our small­est cit­i­zens — ba­bies — last week­end by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2017 March for Ba­bies to ben­e­fit the March of Dimes.

Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf was packed with strollers, fam­i­lies and busi­ness teams who raised more than $105,000 to pre­vent birth de­fects, pre­ma­ture birth and other lead­ing causes of death and dis­abil­ity in ba­bies, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Spe­cial guests at the event in­cluded Shay Bald­win, 2, the 2017 Greater Wash­ing­ton D.C. Marker Am­bas­sador, and her fam­ily. Mike Lukas from the Wal­dorf Jaycees, Bill McGee from Out­door Cre­ations and Jason Sproesser from the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs joined walk­ers on the 3 mile route as lo­cal DJ Rob­bie Webb pro­vided tunes to keep the en­ergy high.

“We saw to­day how im­por­tant the health of moms and ba­bies is to the peo­ple of South­ern Mary­land,” Lu­cas, the South­ern Mary­land March for Ba­bies 2017 Chair­per­son, said in the re­lease. “I’m so proud to be part of this com­mu­nity of peo­ple who came to­gether to give all ba­bies a healthy start in life. Ba­bies should be a top pri­or­ity all year round, and we’re ex­cited about what we’ve ac­com­plished here to­day.”

“It was a mem­o­rable and re­ward­ing day for all of us,” said Au­drey Bald­win, mother of the 2017 am­bas­sador, in the re­lease. “Af­ter Shay was born 10 weeks pre­ma­turely, we de­cided we wanted to do ever ything pos­si­ble to help other fam­i­lies know the joy of a healthy child. We’re hon­ored to rep­re­sent the March of Dimes to­day to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ways they com­fort and sup­port fam­i­lies like ours and sup­port in­no­va­tive re­search.”

Pre­ma­ture birth, the lead­ing cause of death among ba­bies in the United States, af­fects about 380,000 ba­bies each year, in­clud­ing ap­prox­i­mately 8,525 ba­bies in Mary­land. Funds raised by March for Ba­bies in South­ern Mary­land help sup­port March of Dimes pro­grams that pro­vide com­fort and sup­port for fam­i­lies as well as in­no­va­tive re­search to find the un­known causes of pre­ma­ture birth and birth de­fects.

The March of Dimes is the lead­ing non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion for preg­nancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and ba­bies have ben­e­fited from March of Dimes re­search, ed­u­ca­tion, vac­cines and break­throughs. For the lat­est re­sources and health in­for­ma­tion, go to mar­chofdimes.org and nac­er­sano.org. Any­one af­fected by pre­ma­tu­rity or birth de­fects can go to the sharey­ourstory.org com­mu­nity to find com­fort and sup­port. For de­tailed na­tional, state and lo­cal peri­na­tal sta­tis­tics, go to per­sis­tats.org.

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Hun­dreds gath­ered for the 2017 March for Ba­bies to ben­e­fit the March of Dimes last week­end. The group raised more than $105,000 to pre­vent lead­ing causes of death and dis­abil­i­ties in ba­bies.

Hun­dreds gath­ered for the 2017 March for Ba­bies to ben­e­fit the March of Dimes last week­end. The group raised more than $105,000 to pre­vent lead­ing causes of death and dis­abil­i­ties in ba­bies.

Hun­dreds gath­ered for the 2017 March for Ba­bies to ben­e­fit the March of Dimes last week­end. The group raised more than $105,000 to pre­vent lead­ing causes of death and dis­abil­i­ties in ba­bies.

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