Haywood, Jackson locals will March for Babies Aug. 24

Aug 12, 2013

Family and corporate teams from Haywood and Jackson counties, as well as surrounding areas, will join together at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Lake Junaluska Bethea Welcome Center in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies walk. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.

March for Babies is the nation’s oldest fundraising walk honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Representative Joe Sam Queen of the N.C. House of Representatives 119th District and 2013 March for Babies Chair will be in attendance. Multiple events will take place across the state from April to November, aiming to raise more than $1 million.

Local and national companies as diverse as airlines, insurance companies and retailers are aligning their brands with a cause that is important to the hearts of employees and the community — the health of babies. Locally, March for Babies is supported by MedWest Haywood and Harris, Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, ConMet, Pepsi, Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry, First Citizens Bank, Urban Athletic, Haywood County Board of Realtors, Crawford Creek Electric, Haywood Pediatrics, Blue Ridge Cornhole and BKL Boards and the Tye Blanton Foundation. Nationally, it is supported by the organization’s number one corporate supporter, Kmart, and top sponsors Farmers Insurance Group, Macy’s, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Famous Footwear, Actavis, Mission Pharmacal and United Airlines.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes’ largest annual fundraiser nationwide, raising over $2 billion since its inception in 1970.  Funds raised helps moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies; fund research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies’ lives; and provide comfort to families who have a baby in neonatal intensive care.

To register for March for Babies, visit marchforbabies.org or marchofdimes.com/northcarolina. For more information about the event, call Michaela Blanton Lowe at 258-1234.