Annual March for Babies event announced

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RUMFORD — Thousands of Maine families and business leaders will join together in April for 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.

A walk will take place on Sunday, May 2,  at Hosmer Field.

Funds raised at the event will support Maine families and this year, the Maine Chapter will sponsor presentations on the risks of late preterm birth, expand the outreach to community hospitals and strengthen relationships with families and staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center.

Additionally, the public affairs team will work with the legislature on bills related to the health of babies and newborn screening.

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In 2009, the March of Dimes invested $443,533 to improve the health of babies in Maine. The March of Dimes contributed $288,200 to the Jackson Laboratory for prematurity related research. In addition, more than $10,000 was allocated to local community projects such as anti-smoking campaigns and hospital outreach as well as $82,248 for educational programs and collaborative projects.

Thousands of people from Presque Isle to Sanford will take part in the March for Babies. In addition to the walk routes, other festivities are planned for each walk site, including kid’s activities, music and food.

To join in, visit marchforbabies.org or call 878-1199 to sign up as an individual, to start a corporate, family/friends team or to donate.

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