BANGOR, Maine — This Sunday, the March of Dimes will host its annual fundraising event, March for Babies. The March of Dimes is working for stronger, healthier babies across Maine and the Bangor area event is one of eight across Maine this weekend.
The Bangor area event will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. May 5, at Brewer Auditorium. The walk kicks off at 10 a.m.
Sponsored statewide by Hannaford; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Spectrum Medical Group; Central Maine Medical Center; The Bank of Maine and locally by Hollywood Casino; Bangor Daily News; Eastern Maine Health Care System; Chuck Foster – Z107.3; AC Moore; LaBree’s Bakery; Starbucks; and, Walgreens.
Locally, the March of Dimes selected the Lanpher Family from the Bangor region as the 2013 Ambassador Family. Ryan and Andi Lanpher welcomed their daughter, Reese at 33 weeks, which was a full seven weeks early. Reese just recently celebrated her first birthday, but did spend the first month of her life in the NICU/CCN.
The Lanpher family supports the March of Dimes in an effort to help other families who are dealing with a premature birth, and according to Andi, “the medical research is so important to so many families, along with the advancements funded by the March of Dimes across the country and locally at Jackson Laboratory.”
In honor of their daughter, the “Reese’s Rebels” will walk on Sunday along with hundreds of others. Collectively, the event hopes to raise more than $60,000 in Bangor and more than $400,000 in Maine.
Funds raised at this event help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. 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 1 in 8 in Maine. This past November, the March of Dimes issued its annual Premature Birth Report Card, giving the nation a “C” and Maine the grade of “A”. The March of Dimes is committed to funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the lives and the health of babies.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for maternal and child 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 marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.