March of Dimes to host March for Babies Kick Off

  • Saturday, February 1, 2014

The March of Dimes will kick off their 2014 March for Babies fundraising campaign in Charleston on Jan. 29 at 7:30AM a.m. to noon and 5:30 p.m. at East Cooper Medical Center.

Individuals, families and businesses throughout the Charleston area are invited to attend and start raising funds for March for Babies, which will be held on April 26 at Cannon Park.

During the kick off, participants will have the opportunity to meet the 2014 Ambassador Family, pick up fundraising materials, and learn more about the 2014 campaign. Top fundraisers from 2013 will also be recognized. To register for the Kick off, contact Meredith Repik or Mary Whiteside at 843-571-1776 or by email at mrepik@marchofdimes.com or mwhiteside@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.

In Charleston, Arien Rannigan and her family were touched by the March of Dimes in the loss of their son who would possibly be here today if newborn screening included a screening for SCID, but currently in South Carolina we do not screen for this and he lost his fight. Rannigan and her family hope that by serving as Ambassador for the March of Dimes this year they can educate more people about SCID and the importance of Newborn Screening.

March for Babies Chairman, Jason Alexander, CEO, East Cooper Medical Center, 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 Charleston, March for Babies is sponsored by East Cooper Medical Center, Select Health of South Carolina, MUSC, Trident Health System, Robert BOSCH, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Publix Supermarkets, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Santee Cooper, Strand Media Group and Y102.5

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.

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