March for Babies to Be Held Saturday, May 10, 2014


march of dimes logoThe March of Dimes Annual March for Babies is coming up! How can you and your family be involved??

The March for Babies is an annual event and one of the nation’s oldest walking events. It’s a family friendly, mission-focused day of celebration and recognition.

Whether you have been directly touched by prematurity like our family, or you know someone who has – everyone can participate in the walk and the activities available! It’s a fun family day and a really simple way to help make a difference in the lives of our community families.

Event Details

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Registration is 8:30 to 9:30. Walk starts at 9:30.

Walk location is at the Ankeny DMACC campus located at 2006 E Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny.

You can join a team, start your own, or register to walk individually.

For more information, contact Shonda Hershberger at [email protected].

Get Your Family Involved and Make a Difference

In Iowa, 38,179 babies are born each year – 4,473 prematurely and 1,170 with a birth defect.

When you walk or donate money, you give hope to the babies born sick or too soon. The money raised supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and it funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.6 billion! Join the more than 7 million people who participate, donate and/or sponsor.

There are plenty of opportunities for day-of-event exposure, activation, and education – not to mention opportunities to meet hundreds of others who are just like you!

March of Dimes Mission, Programs & Research

The March of Dimes has been helping to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality and celebrates their 75th anniversary this year.

  • Community: Our programs help moms-to-be in Iowa have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
  • Advocacy: We advocate for programs that help moms in Iowa get care and services to improve their health and the health of their babies.
  • Research: We research the serious problems that threaten our babies and work on treatments and provisions.
  • Education: Our websites provide the latest pregnancy health information in English and Spanish. Health experts provide personal answers to moms’ questions.
  • Support: Through our online community and in hospitals in Iowa, we offer information and comfort to families with a newborn in intensive care.

Preventing premature birth in Iowa could mean an annual savings of $231 million, so get involved now. (Statistics based upon research of average medical cost for a healthy baby, $4,320, verses average medical cost for a preemie, $55,025.)

Get your family involved today! We’ll see you at the walk!


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