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    Bigwarfe Family of Columbia to Serve As 2013 March of Dimes Ambassadors

    Jacki Apel, Director of Communications, March of Dimes, 803-403-8523, japel@marchofdimes.com

    Columbia, SC, March 22, 2013 —

     

    Jeffrey and Alexa Bigwarfe and their family are serving as Columbia’s 2013 March for Babies Ambassadors to help raise awareness about the lifesaving work of the March of Dimes. The Greater Columbia Region March for Babies event will take place on April 27 at 9:00 AM (registration at 8:00 AM) at The State Fairgrounds.

    The Bigwarfe’s understand firsthand what it can mean if a baby is not born healthy. Twins Charis and Kathryn were born 10 weeks too soon, weighing less than two pounds each.  Kathryn survived only two days while her sister, Charis, survived but needed to spend 12 weeks in the NICU at the Neonatal Intensive Care. Today, at almost 15 months, Charis weighs 16 pounds but is healthy and happy and learning to take her first steps. She is pictured above with her "Kathryn puppy". Her parents, Jeffrey and Alexa understand the significant role that March of Dimes research played in helping save their children’s lives.

    “No parent should have to experience the life-changing journey that happens when a baby is born too soon,” said mom Alexa.  “That’s why we’re honored to have this opportunity to help the March of Dimes continue working for the day when every family knows the joy of having a healthy baby.” 

    Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year including nearly 9,000 babies in South Carolina each year. Babies born too soon are struggle to survive and may have lifelong health consequences. The March of Dimes is committed to funding research to find the answers to premature birth and funding local programs to educate healthcare providers and moms-to-be.

    March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies.  Greater Columbia residents can sign up today to help fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at reaching the goal of giving every baby a healthy start in life. Funds raised by this March for Babies event support research and grants awarded to programs that improve infant and maternal health in South Carolina.

    The Bigwarfe family invites the Greater Columbia community to register for March for Babies at marchforbabies.org or by calling (864) 403-8524. Participants may sign up as an individual, a corporation, family team, or donate to help babies be born healthy.

    The 2013 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Macy’s, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Famous Footwear, Actavis, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines.

    March for Babies is sponsored locally by BCBS, Michelin, SCE&G, Alfac, AGFirst, Palmetto Health, Absolute Total Care, Healthy Connections, Publix, WLTX 19, The State, b106.7, Business Monthly Columbia, and Palmetto Parent.

    In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life.  Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive.  Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects.  For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/southcarolina, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. 

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