Walkers raise $53,000 at annual March for Babies | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 16, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 13, 2016 at 4:41 pm
Walkers joined together on Saturday, April 9 at March for Babies to raise more than $53,000 to help the March of Dimes continue working for stronger, healthier babies. Colleton Medical Center was filled with strollers, families and teams to celebrate raising funds to help more 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 research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs,” said Brad Griffin, Walk chair, CEO of Colleton Medical Center. “What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honor the successes of the March of Dimes than to bring together families and businesses to raise money to improve babies’ lives.”
Premature birth affects more than 7,000 families in South Carolina each year. 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.
During the event ceremonies, the top teams and individual fundraisers were honored. Top Team Awards included: Colleton Medical Center, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, and Colleton County School District. Individual walkers who raised $1,000 or more are recognized as the “Circle of Champions.” This year’s Circle of Champions for Walterboro are Valerie Ancrum and Lucinda Demarco.
Donations are still being accepted by calling the March of Dimes at 843-614-3358 or visiting www.marchofdimes.org/southcarolina.
In Walterboro, the March for Babies presenting sponsors are Colleton Medical Center and Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative.
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.
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. To help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies visit at marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org/southcarolina.