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March of Dimes to Host March for Babies Kick Off January 29
Published:
1/16/2015 12:19:28 PM

The March of Dimes will kick off their 2015 March for Babies fundraising campaign in Charleston on Thursday, January 29th at 12:00, noon, at Elk’s Lodge #242, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407.


Families and businesses throughout Charleston and the surrounding area are invited to attend and start raising funds for March for Babies, which will be held on Saturday, April 25th at Cannon Park in downtown Charleston.  During the kick off, participants will have the opportunity to meet the 2015 Ambassador Family, pick up fundraising materials, and learn about the 2015 campaign.  Top fundraisers from 2014 will also be recognized. To register for the Kick off, contact Meredith Repik or Mary Whiteside at 843-571-1776 or email, or mwhiteside@marchofdimes.org.


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.


In Charleston, the Sease family was touched by premature birth after Mary Elizabeth was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.  She, with husband Robert at her side, gave birth to twins, Bennett and Mary Grace, at 27 weeks – 13 weeks early.  The twins received surfactant treatments, researched and developed by the March of Dimes.  Bennett and Mary Grace are thriving toddlers today, neither of whom have any breathing problems.


March for Babies Chairman, Dr. Patrick Cawley, CEO Medical Center, Medical University of South Carolina, says, “We invite our community to join March for Babies and raise money to help more families know the joy of a healthy baby!”


In Charleston, March for Babies is sponsored by the Medical University of South Carolina, Select Health of South Carolina, Robert Bosch, LLC, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Santee Cooper, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Publix Supermarkets, iHeartMedia, Strand Media Group.


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. Register for March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org/southcarolina. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

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