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Ready. Set. March for Babies April 21

Fundraising walk to take place in Joliet

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 7:00 a.m. CDT

JOLIET, Ill. — On Sunday, April 21, at Joliet West High School in Joliet, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes’ annual March for Babies.

The nation’s oldest walk fundraiser, the annual event honors babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Funds raised also support programs in the Joliet community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

The March of Dimes will kick off the March of Babies’ 75th anniversary year with registration beginning at 8 a.m., at Joliet West High School in Joliet.

Then, at 9 a.m., walkers will prepare for the walk by warming up with Elixir Fitness and then head off on a three-mile walk concluding with one lap around the track at the high school.

Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the entire family. It will include food and other  refreshments, raffle drawings, and more.

This year’s Ambassador Family is Joel and Amy Erickson, with twins Quinn and Mason. They will talk about the March of Dimes mission and the important role the March of Dimes has played in their family.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Illinois help support community service, education, prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts to help improve the health of the nation’s mothers and babies.

Title sponsors include Bill Jacobs Auto Group, “D” Construction, and many others.

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.

For the latest resources and information, visit the websites at or Find March of Dimes on Facebook at and follow the organization on Twitter at

The March for Babies is nationally sponsored by March of Dimes Corporate supporters Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Macy’s, Cigna, Famous Footwear, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Watson Pharmaceuticals, and United Airlines.

For more information on how to register log onto, or call Renee Madrigal at (815) 600-8087.

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