Hurlock, Md. (April 17, 2014) — More than 600 people are expected at March for Babies in Salisbury/Wicomico and 300 in Assateague/Worcester. The March of Dimes fundraiser will unite families and businesses who support the nonprofit’s mission to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Held rain or shine, March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family. Participants will enjoy a stroller-friendly walk, lunch, music and children’s activities.
The Morris family, whose daughter, Mallory, was born prematurely with Spina Bifida serves as the 2014 March for Babies – Eastern Shore Ambassador Family. They will speak at the opening ceremonies. The Morris’ understand firsthand the importance of the March of Dimes mission and are dedicated to raising awareness and the important funding to help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
March for Babies – Wicomico County
Sunday, April 27 at 10:00 am
Moose Family Center
March for Babies – Worcester County
Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 am
Assateague State Park
Funds raised will support lifesaving research, education and advocacy for stronger, healthier babies. Donations will also fund local programs such as the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support program and the Storks Nest in Dorchester County. In 2013, the March for Babies in Wicomico County raised over $96,000 and Worcester County over $33,000 for babies.
“We are encouraged to see so many people walking to help babies,” said Jessica Hales, Eastern Shore Division Director of the March of Dimes Maryland – National Capital Area Chapter. “Each is committed to giving hope to the more than 400 babies on the Eastern Shore that will be born premature this year.”
Established in 1970, the event has raised more than $2 billion nationwide to benefit all babies. This year, March for Babies events will be held in nearly 700 locations nationwide and involves more than 20,000 companies and 3 million people, including celebrities, sports stars, community leaders and families of babies born prematurely who are involved as volunteers, sponsors and participants. For more information about March for Babies and to register and donate, visit marchforbabies.org or call 1-800-525-9255.
Local March for Babies sponsors include: WBOC, Preston Automotive Group
About March of Dimes
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy’s, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, United Airlines and Actavis.Share on Facebook