Hun­dreds turn out to March for Ba­bies

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It was the feel-good mo­ment of the week when more than 450 res­i­dents joined to­gether in sup­port of Prince Ge­orge’s County’s small­est cit­i­zens — ba­bies — by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the March for Ba­bies event to ben­e­fit the March of Dimes. On Satur­day, April 30, Watkins Re­gional Park was packed with strollers, fam­i­lies, fra­ter­ni­ties, soror­i­ties and cor­po­rate teams who raised more than $140,000 to help give ev­ery baby a fight­ing chance, ac­cord­ing to a March of Dimes press re­lease. In to­tal, they walked 1,350 miles.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded em­cee Shomari Stone from NBC4 News, March for Ba­bies Chair Deb­o­rah Scott Thomas of Data Solutions and Tech­nol­ogy, and the Grimes Fam­ily, the 2016 Sub­ur­ban Mary­land am­bas­sador fam­ily. Event photos can be viewed in the March for Ba­bies Face­book photo gallery.

“To­day, we’ve seen how im­por­tant the health of moms and ba­bies are to the peo­ple of Prince Ge­orge’s County,” said 2016 March for Ba­bies Chair Deb­o­rah Scott Thomas in the re­lease. “I’m so proud to be part of a com­mu­nity where peo­ple come to­gether for such a great cause. Help­ing our ba­bies should be a top pri­or­ity, and we’re ex­cited about what we’ve ac­com­plished here to­day.”

“It was a mem­o­rable and re­ward­ing day for all of us,” Shauna Grimes said in the re­lease. “Af­ter two ‘nor­mal’ preg­nan­cies, Kam­ryn was born 10 weeks pre­ma­ture and we re­al­ized that pre­ma­tu­rity could hap­pen to any­one. Although we have been through and go through many ob­sta­cles to over­come with Kami, we are truly blessed and want to help ed­u­cate oth­ers about this im­por­tant cause. We will con­tinue our sup­port un­til all ba­bies are born healthy. We’re hon­ored to rep­re­sent the March of Dimes to­day in re­turn for all the sup­port they’ve given us and our fam­ily.”

March for Ba­bies dona­tions fund re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity pro­grams that help women have full-term preg­nan­cies and healthy ba­bies. Dona­tions are still be­ing col­lected and can be mailed to: March of Dimes Mary­land-Na­tional Cap­i­tal Area Chap­ter, P.O. Box 62770, Bal­ti­more, MD 21264-2770 be­fore June 30.

Lo­cal March for Ba­bies spon­sors in­clude: Care­first, Prince Ge­orge’s Hospi­tal Cen­ter, Safe­way, Sub­way and the Wash­ing­ton Informer.

More than 450 res­i­dents walked 1,350 miles and raised more than $140,000 at the Prince Ge­orge’s County March for Ba­bies event to ben­e­fit the March of Dimes, Satur­day, April 30 at Watkins Re­gional Park in Up­per Marl­boro.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

More than 450 res­i­dents par­tic­i­pated in the Prince Ge­orge’s County March for Ba­bies event to ben­e­fit the March of Dimes, Satur­day, April 30 at Watkins Re­gional Park in Up­per Marl­boro.

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