March of Dimes Will March for Babies

It’s March for Babies! March of Dimes kicks off its biggest fundraiser at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday, April 30 to provide a fighting chance for every baby.

Thousands of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes’ annual March for Babies. The event is presented by Regional One Health and is the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies who are born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. The Event Chair is Dr. Rob Sumter, COO Regional One Health. Media Sponsors for March for Babies are JustMyMemphis, iheartradio & Clear Channel Outdoor.

This year’s Memphis Ambassador Family is the Brooke and Art Chaput. They had a healthy pregnancy and anxiously awaited the birth of their first born. Everything in the pregnancy was by the book until her second trimester. She noticed swelling in one leg and immediately went to the ER. They found her pressure to be high and was put on bedrest as they monitored her for pre-eclampsia/toxemia. Their daughter, Ruth, was born by emergency c-section 12 weeks early and spent 77 days in the NICU.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 9 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including a kids’ zone with face painting and balloons, a DJ, bounce houses, carnival games, refreshments, aerobics, contests, and local mascots. To register for the free event, visit

Funds raised by March for Babies in Tennessee help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs, and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. The March of Dimes is committed to preventing it by funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the health of babies.

  • Each week in Tennessee, 240 babies are born prematurely or 1 in 8, which is the equivalent to 11 kindergarten classes.
  • Memphis has the highest rate of infant mortality in the U.S.
  • Nationally, 1 in 9 babies are born prematurely.
  • Every week in Tennessee, 14 babies die before reaching their first birthday.
  • In 2015, Tennessee earned a grade of “D” from its premature birth rate of 12.5%.
  • Nationally, more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely and 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect each year.
  • Birth defects have been the leading cause of infant mortality for the past 20 years, accounting for 1 in 5 infant deaths.

To donate, visit, or call (901) 800-0346 to help give babies a fighting chance.

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. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive.

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