I am pleased to serve as the chairman of the 2012 Charles County March for Babies, which will take place Sunday, May 6, in St. Charles. This important annual event helps raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born prematurely or with birth defects. Our overall event goal is to raise $91,000 help prevent birth defects and other health issues associated with premature births.
Last year, more than 650 people attended the event, which moved this year to St. Charles. The new route will begin at Regency Furniture Stadium, go north on Piney Church Road, west on Billingsley Road, then north on St. Charles Parkway. Walkers will then make a right onto St. Andrews Drive, then walk around the beautiful lakes in Sheffield neighborhood, returning to walk west on Billingsley Road, then return via Piney Church Road to the stadium.
March for Babies, the March of Dimes’ largest fundraiser, helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Last year, the Charles County event raised more than $86,000.
Over its proud history, the March of Dimes has touched the lives of many families, including mine. This campaign gives me a unique opportunity to help build on that legacy. And as a father, I can’t think of a more important cause than our babies. Many local businesses have joined us in support of this year's walk, and I hope you will as well. One in eight of our babies here in Charles County is born prematurely, and that’s just not acceptable. We all need to take a leadership role in our community and work together to ensure moms have healthy pregnancies.
Southern Maryland residents can sign up today at www.marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family or friends.