Hundreds of families and business leaders will join together on Sunday, May 6 at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury to walk for stronger, healthier babies in the
Greater Waterbury March for Babies, a March of Dimes signature fundraising event to help end premature birth. Funds raised help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs, and advocacy efforts.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk kicking off at 10 a.m. Participants will enjoy a live band, refreshments, a bounce house, face painting, and more. To register, visit marchforbabies.org or marchofdimes.com/ct. All walkers who raise $200 or more will receive an event t-shirt and those raising $350 or more will have the choice of a Macy’s or Kmart gift card.
Helping to lead the festivities will be two-year old Richard Mathew Alfes-Randis of Naugatuck. Born nearly 10 weeks early, he weighed three pounds eight ounces and spent three weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. He received surfactant, a therapy developed in part through March of Dimes funding, to help mature his tiny lungs.
“The March of Dimes, in addition to all its research,
awareness and efforts to put an end to premature birth, gave me a place to share my feelings and experiences on line, read stories others had shared and connect with mothers who had premature babies, and some who had lost their little angels,” said Thea, his mother.
Greater Waterbury March for Babies is sponsored by Quassy Amusement Park, 102.9 DRC-FM and Lamar. Statewide sponsors are NBC Connecticut and Comcast, and
national sponsors are Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Cigna, Famous Footwear, Sanofi Pasteur, FedEx, Mission Pharmacal, Watson Pharmaceuticals, First Response, and United Airlines.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant
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