Sunday, April 22, 2012

March to save the babies!

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit or

Our local March of Dimes is getting ready to do this "premier event" in Terre Haute. If you don't know about it, here is the "Who, What, Where and When" of it all.

WHAT: March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. Started in 1970, March for Babies is the original walking event, raising money to fund important research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and give hope to the families of babies born too soon or sick.

WHEN: Saturday, April 28th 8:30 am Walker and team check-in 9:30 am Opening ceremony

WHERE: March for Babies route this year has been revised to be a 2 mile traditional walk with the option to walk a total of 5 miles on the Indiana Mile at Memorial Stadium. The plan is for the walkers to enjoy the festivities at “Mission Marketplace” before and after walking that begins and ends at the Indiana State University Memorial Stadium. ISU Memorial Stadium is located at Brown and Wabash Avenue. 

WHO: Moms, families, corporate teams and everyone that cares about babies and the future health of ALL babies.

WHY: The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. In Indiana, 1 in 7 or over 11,000 babies are born prematurely each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to have disabilities or even die. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to ensure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. The March of Dimes is here for all babies.

HOW: It is not too late to register for March for Babies. Register by visiting or calling 812-234-2736.

The March of Dimes Wabash Valley Division has three walk sites (Bedford, Bloomington and Terre Haute) and 10 counties that are handled out of the Terre Haute office. At the Terre Haute March for Babies the goal is to raise $190,000. They partner with local organizations and businesses to help raise money for research, education and babies across the USA and in Terre Haute.

As far as volunteer opportunities, the March of Dimes is always looking for people that are interested in volunteering at events, joining a committee, or families with personal stories to share about their baby’s difficult beginning. Anyone interested can reach out to them via email or phone for more details on how to get involved. The office is open year round.  

Contact the local office at:
March of Dimes
1345 Ohio Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807
P: 812.234.2736

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