Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ready. Set. March for Babies!

March of Dimes Kicks off Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy

(Greenville OH, April 2, 2012) – On April 28 at the Great Darke County Fairgrounds, 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.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the five-mile or one-mile walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. at the Fairgrounds Gazebo, in Greenville, Ohio. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including live music, costume characters, face painting and more. To register, visit

This year’s Darke County Ambassador Family is the Geesamans, Ambassador Preston was born seven weeks before expected and he weighed only 3 pounds 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Preston had multiple birth defects, which included a cleft lip and palate and endured three surgeries before coming home nine weeks after he was born. The Geesamans credit Preston’s survival to the great programs that still assist them today in caring for Preston.

The Geesamans are joined by Mr. Bill LaFramboise, March for Babies Chair, and Mr. David Compton, March for Babies Honorary Chair. Mr. LaFramboise, Executive Vice President for Greenville Technology Incorporated, and Mr David Compton, Publisher for the Daily Advocate, both know how important the March of Dimes mission is. As parents , they took their respective roles to raise awareness and important funding for babies who are born prematurely or with birth defects.

Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects more than half a million babies each year, including 31,460 in Ohio. Last November, the March of Dimes issued its annual Premature Birth Report Card, giving the nation and Ohio a “C.” The March of Dimes is committed to funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the lives and health of babies. Funds raised by March for Babies in Ohio help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart; Farmers Insurance Group, Cigna, Famous Footwear, Sanofi Pasteur, FedEx, Mission Pharmacal, Watson Pharmaceuticals, First Response, and United Airlines. Local sponsors are Second National Bank, GTI, Buchy Food Service, Wayne HealthCare, Family Health Services, Greenville Federal, Miami Valley Vending, Spirit Medical Transport, Centurylink, Greenville National Bank, Kiwanis. Please consider supporting the March For Babies April 28th, at 9a.m. Greenville, Ohio.

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