March for Babies walk this Sunday morning, April 29, along the Riverwalk
The March of Dimes is proud to welcome Naperville Mayor George Pradel to the March for Babies walk, which is expected to have a turnout of nearly 2,000 walkers. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 8:30AM with walking to follow at 9AM. Registration begins at 736 West Jackson in downtown Naperville at 8AM.
The March of Dimes raises awareness and funds for research, education, community services and advocacy for the health of babies. They work to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
There will also be 6 other Chicagoland area walk sites inlcuding Chicago, St. Charles, Elk Grove Village, Midlothian, Libertyville and Bolingbrook.
Walkers and teams can still sign up for March for Babies by calling (800) 525-9255 or by visiting www.marchforbabies.org. Walkers can also register on walk day. Registration is free.
Over 20,000 are expected to walk in the state of Illinois. Also leading the walkers is the DuPage Ambassador Family, the Ali Family of Carol Stream, who walk in honor of their twin boys Taha and Nooh born at 24 weeks gestation. Sadly, Nooh passed not long after birth, but Taha spent 105 days in the neonatal intensive care unit before finally coming home. Today, Nooh is 18 months old, active, happy and healthy.
Mayor Pradel will kick-off the walk and FOX 32 Chicago Forecaster Tammie Souza will emcee.
The March of Dimes was the first health organization to host a nationwide walk beginning in 1970. Through research, the March of Dimes helped to discover the vaccine that eradicated polio, ending an epidemic that plagued the United States. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com.