Hundreds turn out to March for Babies
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.
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.