Walterboro Marches for the Health of Babies
Ashley Lindquist, March of Dimes, 843-571-1776, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hundreds joined together to raise more than $48,000 to help babies be born healthy in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the March of Dimes.Walterboro, SC, April 22, 2013
The Lynah family’s 2013 March for Babies team “Sweet Pea’s Strollers” leads this year’s March for Babies walk at Colleton Medical Center.
It was a celebration of babies, families and the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes in Walterboro when approximately 150 residents joined together at March for Babies. The Colleton Medical Center walking park was packed with strollers, families and teams to celebrate raising more than $48,000 to help babies be born healthy. Money raised from the event funds research, awareness, education and local community grants. “More than four million babies are born in the United State each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education vaccines and breakthroughs,” said Jimmy Hiott, Walterboro March for Babies Chair. “What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honor the successes of the March of Dimes by bringing together the families and businesses who have raised money to improve babies’ lives.”
Premature birth affects nearly 9,000 families in South Carolina each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities than those born full term. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and by providing comfort and information to families who are affected by it.
“It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us,” said Latoya Lynah, Walterboro March for Babies’ Ambassador mother, who led the Walterboro walk with her 2 sons and other family and friends. “When Hillie was born prematurely, we decided to do everything we could to make sure other families don’t go through what we did. We are honored to be able to support the March of Dimes today in return for all the support they’ve given us.”
During the event ceremonies, the top teams and individual fundraisers were honored. Top Team Awards included Colleton Medical Center, raising more than $20,000 and the Colleton County School District, raising more than $7,500. Individual walkers who raised $1,000 or more are recognized as the “Circle of Champions”. This year’s Circle of Champions for Walterboro is Latoya Lynah. She raised just over $1,200 for this year’s event.
In Walterboro, the March for Babies major sponsors are Colleton Medical Center and Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative. Other community sponsors include Rizer Chevrolet, Dayco Products and Kesia Brown State Farm.
Each year, the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community services. Through these program services, the March of Dimes continues working to prevent birth defects and infant death, reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, increase access to prenatal care and educate men and women about having healthy babies.
Donations are still being accepted at: www.marchforbabies.org. Select the Walterboro event.
In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/southcarolina, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.