The High Country’s March For Babies’ Huge Family Event!

I hope to see you at this year’s March For Babies!  Our High Country Mom Squad Team is only about 1/4 of the way to our goal of $1000!  That seems like a lot of money, but if everyone reading this article gave just $5, we would make it!  If you find this website helpful to you, would you consider giving $5 toward healthy babies?  Click here to read my own premature birth story, and click here to give a secure donation online.

On Sunday, April 26 at Kidd Brewer Stadium- Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. High Country residents will join together in support of babies in their communities by participating in March for Babies. “Helping babies be born healthy is vital to the hope and future of Western North Carolina,” said Lindsay Cobb, 2009 March for Babies Chair. “One day, all babies will be born healthy, but we’re going to have to walk to get there.”

The event will be open to the public. This will be a Family Fun Event– Featuring: Inflatable Bounce Houses, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Drinks, ASU Football , ASU Cheerleaders, ASU Soccer, Bowling, Music, Snow Cones, Kids IDs, Face Painting, Characters, Hula Hoop Hop, Bubble Blast, ASU Baseball , Snacks, Coke, Family Teams, Chair Massages, Yosef and Walking on the Track!

“Our goal is to raise $45,000 to help babies!” said Cobb. “Thanks to all our corporate teams, family teams and sponsors for your generous support! In order to help raise awareness in the High Country about this great cause and spectacular event, we are inviting the entire community. For those who don’t have time to participate as a team and fundraise, their family is welcome to attend… all we are asking is that they make a $20 donation to the March of Dimes! So spread the word and come out for the fun!”

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. The March of Dimes issued a Report Card on Premature Birth, giving the nation a D and North Carolina a F. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.

Funds raised by March for Babies in the High Country support over $300,000 in Community Grants awarded to local agencies across North Carolina. In addition $3.3 million in National Research Grants are active in North Carolina at area teaching hospitals.

Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family. People can also purchase a sign in memory or honor of a child for $50. The signs can be taken home following the event.

“In addition to the fun activities, the walk is an opportunity to teach children the value of volunteering—how their gifts of time, energy and money, no matter the size, can have a big impact when they’re part of supporting a worthy cause,” said Elizabeth Franklin, March of Dimes Division Director. “For families of all sizes and ages, supporting the cause of healthy babies is a perfect match!”

In 2009 national March for Babies sponsors are Kmart, the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter, CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, FedEx, First Response, Liberty Tax Services, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Ther-Rx.

In the High Country, local sponsors include, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Blue Ridge Pediatrics, Wal-Mart, Mayhew, Conn, Scheffler and Hardaway Othodontics, Boone Drug, Boone Orthopedic Associates, Modern Toyota/Scion of Boone, Mast General Store, State Farm Insurance, Watauga Women’s Center, Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, Grandfather Mountain and BB&T.

To join in, visit marchforbabies.org, or call toll-free (800) 525-9255 to sign up as an individual, to start a corporate, family or friends team, or donate to help babies be born healthy. Participants can also pick up sponsor forms at Kmart.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org..


Comments

  1. i can’t wait to walk for this exciting event! found out today that there will be cotton candy and bounce houses… think i’ll bring the whole family!! 🙂

  2. I know! I am so excited! I think it is supposed to be a gorgeous day, too!

  3. I would like to come but we will be at Merle Fest.

  4. I will also be personally matching all my donations!