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Celebrities Take Giant Steps in March for Babies(R) – Now It’s Up to You

Events Across the Country Support Research into Preterm Birth and Other Infant Health Problems


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Celebrities Take Giant Steps in March for Babies(R) – Now It’s Up to You

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 16 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With two
weeks to go to most March for Babies events, celebrities, sports stars, and
elected officials pledged to join the March of Dimes to fight preterm birth and
give all babies a healthy start in life. 
Preterm birth is the number one killer of newborns in the United States,
and babies who survive often face lifelong health problems.

 

   
Stars from the
TV shows Modern Family and The Biggest Loser and pro athletes from baseball and
football will walk in March for Babies. The event helps fund research, advocacy
and educational programs for stronger, healthier babies. 

 

   
The goal for
this year’s March for Babies, the March of Dimes signature fundraiser, is $100
million.  Since 1970, the event has
raised $1.8 billion to support research, advocacy and education programs in communities
across the country, enabling more moms to have healthy, full-term
pregnancies.  March for Babies is held
in nearly 900 communities across the country with more than 7 million people
participating, including celebrity stars:

 

    –Country Music
singer Ryder Lee in Nashville — 4/18

 

    –ABC’s Modern
Family star Julie Bowen in Los Angeles — 4/24

 

    –TV Host  and March of Dimes Mom volunteer Nancy
O’Dell in Los Angeles — 4/24

 

    –Actress and
March of Dimes Mom Volunteer Nicole Sullivan in Los Angles — 4/24

 

    –Actress and
March of Dimes Youth Volunteer Camille Winbush in Los Angeles — 4/24

 

    –NBC’s Biggest
Loser winner Ali Vincent in St. Louis — 4/24

 

    –Atlanta
Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas in Atlanta — 4/24

 

    –Actor, singer,
songwriter Carlos Ponce in Miami — 4/24

 

    –7-Time Olympic
Medal Gymnast Shannon Miller in Jacksonville, FL — 4/24

 

    –Actress
Melissa Joan Hart in White Plains, NY — 4/25

 

   
–American Idol winner and Grammy nominated singer, Jordin Sparks
in New York, NY — 4/25

 

    –New York Giant
wide receiver, Steve Smith in New York, NY — 4/25

 

    –Grammy
Nominated Rock Band for kids, Milkshake in Baltimore, MD — 4/25

 

    –Boston’s
infielder Kevin Youkilis in Boston — 5/8

 

   
“The March
of Dimes is grateful not only to the thousands of individuals, companies and
organizations who show their support each year for healthy babies, but also to
these well-known television and sports stars who lend their celebrity status to
help raise awareness about our mission,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse,
president of the March of Dimes.

 

   
Below is a
schedule of some upcoming March for Babies events. To find out where a March
for Babies event takes place near you, visit marchforbabies.org.

 

   
Premature
birth is a serious and costly problem. More than 540,000 babies are born too
soon in the United States each year, costing the nation more than $26 billion
annually, according to the Institute of Medicine.

 

   
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.  March for
Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate
supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous
Footwear, FedEx, Sanofi Pasteur, First Response, Mission Pharmacal, and Focus
Features’ BABIES. 

 

   
For more
information, go to the March of Dimes Web site at marchofdimes.com or its
Spanish language Web site at nacersano.org.

 

 

 

   
Schedule of
Some Upcoming March for Babies Events

 

   
                         REGISTRATION &

   
CITY & STATE 
DATE           START                LOCATION

   
————  —-       ————–           ——–

   
                          8:00 a.m. –

   
Dallas, TX     
4/17/10       Reg.             White Rock Lake

   
———-     
——-  ————          —————

   
                          9:00 a.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                         ————

   
                         12:30 p.m. –

   
Nashville, TN  
4/18/10       Reg.             Centennial Park

   
————-   ——-
————-          —————

   
                          2:00 p.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                         ————

   
Los Angeles,             
7:00 a.m. –

   
 CA             4/24/10       Reg.            
Exposition Park

   
————   
——-  ————          —————

   
                          8:30 a.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                         ————

   
                          7:00 a.m. –

   
Miami, FL      
4/24/10       Reg.              Crandon Park

   
———      
——-  ————           ————

   
                          9:00 a.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                         ————

   
                          7:30 a.m. –       Georgia World Congress

   
Atlanta, GA    
4/24/10       Reg.                  Center

   
———–    
——-  ————      ———————–

   
                          9:00 a.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                         ————

   
                          8:00 a.m. –

   
Chicago, IL    
4/25/10       Reg.               Grant Park

   
———–    
——-  ————            ———-

   
                          9:00 a.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                         ————

   
                          8:00 a.m. –

   
Baltimore, MD  
4/25/10       Reg.              Camden Yards

   
————-  
——-  ————           ————

   
                          9:00 a.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                         ————

   
                          8:00 a.m. –

   
Detroit, MI    
4/25/10       Reg.               Hart Plaza

   
———–    
——-  ————            ———-

   
                          9:00 a.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                         ————

   
                          8:00 a.m. –

   
New York, NY    4/25/10       Reg.      Lincoln Center, 62nd Street

   
————   
——-  ————   —————————

   
                          9:30 a.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                         ————

   
Kansas City,             
8:00 a.m. –     Kansas City Power
& Light

   
 KS              5/1/10       Reg.                
District

   
————    
——  ————    ————————–

   
                         10:00 a.m. –

   
                             Start

   
                        ————-

   
                         11:30 a.m. –

   
Boston, MA      
5/8/10       Reg.             DCR Hatch Shell

   
                          12:30 p.m.-

   
                             Start

 

SOURCE  March of Dimes

Celebrities Take Giant Steps in March for Babies(R) – Now It’s Up to You