Wednesday, May 04, 2011

March of Dimes for Babies - Loudoun County, Ida Lee Park

Guest Post - D. Greenberg
A March for Babies walker in the late-1970s saved my son's life. In 2006, Nathan was born prematurely, spending his first month of life in the hospital. While in the hospital, Nate received artificial surfactant therapy, a treatment developed in the 1980s under a March of Dimes grant. I can say with confidence that Nate would not be with us today without the benefit of this treatment. And that work was funded by people like you and me who took time one Saturday morning to participate in the March of Dimes' signature event -- March for Babies. Funds raised by the March for Babies support lifesaving research, community services, education and advocacy aimed at preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, businesses and families throughout Loudoun County will once again come together at March for Babies to support the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies in our community. The family friendly, four mile stroll begins and ends on the grounds of Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, Virginia. In addition to supporting a worthy cause, participating in March for Babies also is great fun for the whole family. Roadrunners can leave their timing chips at home. This is a walk, and any level of participation is welcome (both physically and financially). The kids love it. Dogs are welcome. And a picnic lunch and family friendly activities and entertainment will be waiting for you at the finish line.

Register today at marchforbabies.org. For more information, contact Heather Pesch at Hpesch@marchofdimes.com or 703-824-0111 ex 25. Join us if you can. Be a hero for someone else's son or daughter thirty years from now.

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