It was the best feel-good moment of the week when more than 2,000 Washingtonians showed their support for the health of all moms and babies by participating in March for Babies presented by Pepco Holdings to benefit March of Dimes.
Washington Nationals Stadium was packed with strollers, families, and business teams who raised more than $ 550,000 to help give every baby the best possible start.
Special guests at the event included Dave Velazquez, President and CEO of Pepco Holdings and the 2018 March for Babies Chair, as well as the 2018 March of Dimes Washington, DC Ambassador and his family, 5-year old Steele, Lisa and Todd Peverill. Stacey Stewart, President of the March of Dimes joined walkers on the 3-mile route as All In One Entertainment provided tunes to keep the energy high.
“We saw today how important the health of mothers and babies is to the people of Washington, D.C.,” says Velazquez. “I am so proud to be part of this community of people, including many dedicated Pepco team members, who came together to join in the fight for the health of these families.”
“It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us,” says Lisa Peverill, 2018 Ambassador Mom. “After Steele was born 16 weeks prematurely, we decided we wanted to do everything possible to help spare other families from the trauma we experienced. We’re honored to represent March of Dimes today as we raise critical funds to help tackle the biggest health threats to moms and babies.”
Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years. From advocacy to education to research, we’re working to level the playing field so that all moms and babies are healthy.
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
The 2018 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, HCA, Cigna, Pampers and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Pepco Holdings, BGE, Safeway, Subway, Washington Informer, WTOP and Washington Business Journal.