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Published on February 2nd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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March of Dimes to Host Columbia March for Babies Kick Off

(COLUMBIA, SC,)—The March of Dimes will kick off their 2014 March for Babies fundraising campaign in Columbia on Tuesday, February 11th at Noon at Leeside/Southern Way Catering located at 100 E. Exchange Boulevard, Columbia.

MarchOfDimes250Individuals, families and businesses throughout Columbia are invited to attend and start raising funds for March for Babies, which will be held on April 26th at the South Carolina Fair Grounds.

During the kick off, participants will have the opportunity to meet the 2014 Ambassador Family, pick up fundraising materials, and learn how to be successful leader for March for Babies.  Top fundraisers from 2013 will also be recognized. To register for the Kick off, contact Ashley Edmunds at (803) 403-8528 or aedmunds@marchofdimes.com.

March for Babies raises funds for vital research to help prevent premature birth and birth defects. Funds raised also support community programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies. South Carolina continues to have one of the highest premature birth rates in the country, and the March of Dimes urges everyone to join the fight for stronger, healthier babies. The Donnelly family was touched by premature birth when their twins Graham and Lindy Donnelly were born 12 weeks early each weighing barely over 2 lbs. Graham spent 57 days in the neonatal intensive care unit before being able to go home. His twin sister Lindy passed away after 71 days in the NCIU.

Jennifer Donnelly says, “For more than 75 years the March of Dimes has been touching the lives of babies and families. We invite our community to join March for Babies and raise money to help more families know the joy of a healthy baby!”

In Columbia, March for Babies is sponsored BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, AGFirst Farm Credit Bank, Publix, SCE&G, Michelin, The State, Columbia Business Monthly, WLTX, Palmetto Parent and B106.7.

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 healthcare providers 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. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/southcarolina. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:  Jacki Apel, (803)403-8523 or  japel@marchofdimes.com

 

 

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