March for Babies raises over $64,000 | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 14, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Colleton County opened their hearts and wallets for the March of Dimes “March for Babies” – raising over $64,000, the biggest year ever for the community. The fundraising event culminated this past Saturday morning in the three-mile walk around historic downtown Walterboro beginning and ending at the Colleton Farmers Market and Museum.
Walterboro Ambassador Naomi Shuman, along with her parents, Bryce and Lance Shuman, led the walk. Naomi was born weighing 2 lbs. 7 oz. She was immediately transported to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at MUSC. Over the next 62 days spent in MUSC, every ounce Naomi gained and every breath she took – was a good day for the Shuman family. Today, Naomi is a happy, healthy miracle – thanks in part to the March of Dimes and its funding for research and treatment.
“Today we are here because we care about fighting birth defects, premature birth and infant loss,” said Laura Tregner, March of Dimes area director, on Saturday morning. “Your efforts to improve the health of babies through education, support for families in our community and lifesaving research is vital to help give every baby a fighting chance.”
Cliff Warren, Colleton County School District Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Operations, served as the 2017 March for Babies chairman. “In the United States, 1-in-10 babies is born too soon every year,” said Warren. “In fact, prematurity and birth defects are leading causes of infant loss. It brings fear and heartache to families, putting their dreams of tomorrow on hold.”
“Our mission is clear,” said Warren. “By supporting the lifesaving research and programs of the March of Dimes, we are working to help every mom and family experience the joy of a healthy baby, and we’re helping those who face obstacles along the way. This year, we have raised more than $64,000 to fund this critical work. Thank you for fighting for moms and babies, and giving hope to families everywhere.”
Members of the executive leadership team included Holly Mardell, Jimmy Hiott, Eric Campbell, Lee Petrolowicz and Jason Dandridge. Local sponsors included Colleton Medical Center, PRTC, South State Bank, Kesia Brown State Farm, Veterans Victory House and Rizer Chevrolet.