Res­i­dents to sup­port health­ier in­fants at ‘March for Ba­bies Broward’

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Lace up your sneak­ers and join the March of Dimes an­nual “March for Ba­bies Broward” May 4 at Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity (NSU) in Davie. More than 7,500 Broward res­i­dents and busi­ness lead­ers will join forces for the 3-mile stroll.

Each year in Florida, one out of nine ba­bies are born pre­ma­ture. By rais­ing aware­ness and funds through the March of Dimes’ largest fundrais­ing event, “March for Ba­bies,” sup­port­ers help im­prove the health of ba­bies by prevent­ing birth de­fects, pre­ma­ture birth and in­fant mor­tal­ity. Money raised by the Broward di­vi­sion sup­ports pro­grams in our com­mu­nity to help moth­ers have healthy, full-term preg­nan­cies and fund re­search.

This year the March of Dimes cel­e­brates its 75th an­niver­sary. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is tak­ing time to ac­knowl­edge how the non­profit has changed the fab­ric of fam­i­lies, ba­bies and the na­tion. Its an­nual “March for Ba­bies” is held in 900 com­mu­ni­ties across the U.S. and in­volves more than 7 mil­lion peo­ple each year. The Broward di­vi­sion ex­pects to raise more than $1 mil­lion from hun­dreds of cor­po­rate and fam­ily teams along with thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als who want to make a dif­fer­ence.

“The March of Dimes has been in­stru­men­tal in giv­ing ba­bies in our com­mu­nity and around the coun­try a healthy start,” said Dr. Irv Rosenbaum, event chair­man. “Our achieve­ments over the past 75 years would not be pos­si­ble with­out teams of walk­ers who sup­port the mis­sion of March of Dimes.”

Walk­ers can sign up as in­di­vid­u­als or cre­ate a cor­po­rate or fam­ily/friends team on­line or bring a do­na­tion (sug­gested $200) to the reg­is­tra­tion tent on race day. Reg­is­tra­tion opens at 7 a.m. with the walk kick­ing off at 8:30 a.m. Mu­sic, food, fun and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue un­til noon in the March for Ba­bies Vil­lage. Com­pli­men­tary park­ing is avail­able ad­ja­cent to the March for Ba­bies Vil­lage next to the Alvin Sherman Li­brary, Re­search and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter on the NSU cam­pus. The cam­pus is lo­cated at 3301 Col­lege Drive, Davie.

“March for Ba­bies Broward” is spon­sored by Broward Health, Cross Coun­try Home Ser­vices, Health­care Per­for­mance Anesco, Me­mo­rial Health­care Sys­tem, Sun­shine State Health Plan and SFL-TV; top cor­po­rate part­ner Publix Su­per Mar­kets Inc.; and na­tional spon­sors in­clude Kmart, Farm­ers In­surance, Macy’s, CIGNA, Fa­mous Footwear, Sanofi Pas­teur, Mis­sion Phar­ma­cal, Ac­tavis and United Air­lines.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mar­chofdimes.com/ florida.

Su­per­heroes joined fam­ily teams at last year’s march.

The Tryon fam­ily team.

Na­tional spon­sor Kmart passed the $100 mil­lion mark for “March for Ba­bies” in 2012.

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