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April 24, 2014 - South Alabama March of Dimes annual March for Babies Walk Happening Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies -- the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive -- on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Geri Moulton Children’s Park.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the 1-mile walk kicking off at 9 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including breakfast, a bounce house, face painting and more. To register for the South Alabama March for Babies, click here.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Alabama help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

This year, South Alabama’s Ambassador Family is the Childs Family.

Parents Tracey and Andy were excited to become parents and looked forward to starting a family. At 29 weeks of pregnancy, Tracey went into premature labor. She delivered their daughter Katelyn at 29 weeks, almost three months before her due date.

Baby Katelyn spent her first 11 weeks of life in the USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital NICU. Today, she is a vibrant seven-year-old, and her family is dedicated to making sure other parents have the same positive experience after a premature birth.

The Childs Family is joined by Joe Stough, the South Alabama March for Babies Chair. The executive vice president and chief integration officer of Infirmary Health System, Stough knows how important the March of Dimes mission is. A father himself, he decided to chair the campaign to raise awareness and garner important funding for care of infants who are born prematurely or with birth defects.

About March of Dimes

Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. It affects about half a million babies each year, including 10,000 in Alabama. This past November, the March of Dimes issued its annual Premature Birth Report Card, giving the nation a “C.” The state of Alabama received an “F”.

The March of Dimes is committed to funding research that finds ways to improve infant quality of life. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy’s, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines.

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