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March for Babies fundraiser set for May 6

WALDORF, Md. – Hundreds of families and local business leaders will join together on May 6th at Regency Furniture Stadium for the 2018 March for Babies, presented by Pepco Holdings.  March for Babies is the nation’s oldest fundraising walk, which helps more babies survive and thrive. 

This year’s Greater Washington D.C. Area Ambassador Family is the Peverill Family. Lisa and Todd Peverill were excited about becoming parents again after 19 years.  Baby Steele was excited too – considering Lisa dilated early and went into labor at 22 weeks.  Fortunately, they were able to delay delivery for another two weeks.  Steele was born at only 24 weeks gestation at 2 pounds, 1 ounce and was only given a 10% survival rate.  He spent 91 days in the hospital fighting for his life in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Today, Steele is now 5 years old and stronger than ever. The Peverill family is dedicated to helping give all babies the best possible start.

   Larry Foster, Partner, Evergreen Disposal, and the 2018 Southern Maryland March for Babies chair said, “As a father myself, I am delighted to serve in this important role to raise awareness and urgently-needed funds for the March of Dimes mission to fight for the health of all moms and babies.”

  On-site registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the three-mile walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Southern Maryland residents can sign up today at marchforbabies.org to start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or make a donation to help more babies get a healthy start in life.

“March for Babies is also a memorable and rewarding event for the whole family,” says Jennifer Abell, Senior Development Manager for the March of Dimes. “Together we hope, remember and celebrate.  We’ll recognize families throughout the day with a Superhero Sprint for kids, complete with a purple cape, a symbolic lei for mom and dad and loads of fun in the kids’ zone. In addition, we’ll be adding to the fun with a live deejay and free breakfast and lunch sponsored by Safeway and Subway.”

   “This year participants will again have the opportunity to walk through our Memory Mile and visit our unforgettable March for Babies Memory Garden. Those who have experienced loss will find a meaningful way to remember their baby by visiting our butterfly garden,” she said.

Pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years.  Premature birth is the largest contributor to infant death in the United States and globally. It affects about 380,000 babies – that’s 1 in 10 -- born each year, including approximately 8,525 babies in Maryland. Funds raised by March for Babies in Southern Maryland help tackle the biggest health threats to moms and babies.
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. By lobbying for policies to protect them, working to radically improve the healthcare they receive, pioneering research to find solutions to the toughest problems and empowering families with the knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies, March of Dimes builds on an 80-year legacy of impact and innovation to support every mom and every baby. Visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org.  For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit peristats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

The 2018 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, HCA, Cigna, and Pampers, and locally by Pepco Holdings, Dominion, Washington Gas, MedStar Health, Subway, Safeway, Southern Maryland Newspaper and Southern Maryland Woman.

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