More Than $575,000 Raised to Help Babies Be Born Healthy
It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 2,000 people in Washington, D.C. showed their support of our smallest citizens — babies — by participating in the 2017 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes.
Nationals Park was packed with strollers, families, and business teams who raised more than $575,000 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. Stacey Stewart (President of the March of Dimes), Kevin Nagel (Ernst & Young), Amy Dunsmore (United Healthcare), William Lash, Patti Steis (Marsh & McLennan), and this year’s emcee, Anna-Lysa Gayle (WJLA-tv) joined walkers on the 3 mile-route as local DJ, George Marshall, provided tunes to keep the energy high.
“We saw today how important the health of moms and babies is to the people of Washington D.C.,” says Kevin Nagel, Washington D.C. 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 1,250 babies in the District of Columbia. Funds raised by March for Babies in Washington D.C. 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 marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. 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 CVS Health, Global Millennials For Progress, Pepco, M&T Bank, WTOP, The Washington Informer, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Safeway, Subway, and Mommy Nearest.