Get Ready to March for Babies! March of Dimes Kicks Off Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy
Denver, April 2, 2014 – On Saturday, April 26, at City Park, thousands of families …
Get Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes Kicks Off Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy
Denver, April 2, 2014 – On Saturday, April 26, at City Park, thousands of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies—the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.
The 3-mile walk kicks off at 10 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and fun day for the whole family including live music, face painting and other activities. To register for the event, visit www.marchforbabies.org. Sponsors of the Denver March for Babies event include Loaf ‘N Jug, the HealthONE family of hospitals including Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center and the Medical Center of Aurora; as well as the Anschutz Medical Campus.
New this year is the Run for Babies 5K race, planned in partnership with Cigna. Run for Babies is a chip-timed and measured 5K through a beautiful course in City Park that will take place prior to March for Babies on April 26. To find out more about entry fees or to register, go to active.com (link to active.com) and search “Denver run for babies”.
When you participate in March for Babies, you help families like the Bradys, the Denver 2014 Ambassador Family. Kim and Jeremy Brady were excited to become parents after five years of trying to get pregnant. Their world came crashing down when at 22.5 weeks pregnant Kim went into premature labor. She delivered McKenna, weighing only 15.7 ounces on Nov. 13, 2003. Devastated, Kim and Jeremy’s little angel lived just under an hour.
“Together with the support of our family and friends we hope to help the March of Dimes find a cure. McKenna’s brief life, which we once believed to be a tragedy, we now view as a blessing. Her indelible mark opened our hearts,” said Kim.
Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects more than half a million babies each year, including one out of 10 babies born in Colorado. The March of Dimes is committed to funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the lives and the health of babies. Funds raised by March for Babies in Colorado help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, NICU family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.
The 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, and United Airlines.
About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.
With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, March of Dimes has worked over 75 years 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. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Information on Colorado activities and programs may be found at marchofdimes.com/colorado.
Sara Walla, Director of Communications
March of Dimes Colorado Chapter