Hundreds from Southern Maryland rallied for March for Babies


WALDORF, MARYLAND, MAY 2017 – It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 600 members of the Southern Maryland community showed their support of our smallest citizens -- babies — by participating in the 2017 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes.

Regency Furniture Stadium was packed with strollers, families, and business teams who raised more than $105,000 to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and other leading causes of death and disability in babies.
Special guests at the event included Shay Baldwin (age 2), the 2017 Greater Washington D.C. Marker Ambassador, and her family. Mike Lukas (Waldorf Jaycees), Bill McGee (Outdoor Creations), and Jason Sproesser (Southern Maryland Blues Crabs) joined walkers on the 3 mile-route as local DJ, Robbie Webb, provided tunes to keep the energy high.

“We saw today how important the health of moms and babies is to the people of Southern Maryland,” says Mike Lucas, Southern Maryland March for Babies 2017 Chairperson. “I’m so proud to be part of this community of people who came together to give all babies a healthy start in life. Babies should be a top priority all year round, and we’re excited about what we’ve accomplished here today.”

“It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us,” says Audrey Baldwin, mom of the 2017 Ambassador. “After Shay was born 10 weeks prematurely, we decided we wanted to do everything possible to help other families know the joy of a healthy child. We’re honored to represent the March of Dimes today to show our appreciation for the ways they comfort and support families like ours and support innovative research.”

Premature birth, the leading cause of death among babies in the United States, affects about 380,000 babies each year, including approximately 8,525 babies in Maryland. Funds raised by March for Babies in Southern Maryland help support March of Dimes programs that provide comfort and support for families as well as innovative research to find the unknown causes of premature birth and birth defects.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites and If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The 2017 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, HCA, and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by the Greater Waldorf Jaycees, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, Outdoor Creations and Landscapes, Inc., MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Dominion Power, The St. Charles Companies, Southern Maryland Hospital, The Apartments of St. Charles, SMECO, Safeway, Subway, Southern Maryland News, and Southern Maryland Woman.

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