On Sunday, April 29 our community will be walking in March for Babies at Phalen Park to give hope to the families of babies born too soon or sick -- more than 7,200 each year in Minnesota alone. The money we raise will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies right here in innesota.
Bank Day is Thursday, April 26 from 10 am to 6 pm at our March of Dimes office, 5233 Edina Industrial Blvd, Edina, MN 55439. You can arrange a time prior to Bank Day to turn in money and pick up incentive t-shirts.
Parking and directions to Lake Phalen Park Pavillion are available along with a map of the route and checkpoints. Please take note MNDot is shutting down the eastbound lanes of I-94 from I-35W to Hwy 280. Traffic traveling eastbound through the Lowry tunnel will be limited to one lane.
Registration for March for Babies at Phalen Park is at 10:00 am. The walk starts at 11:00 am. We will have lunch and snacks thanks to generous donors and frozen custard from Culver's!
At the St. Paul March for Babies the March of Dimes is partnering with The Diaper Drive, a non - profit diaper bank that works with the community to collect and distribute diapers to families in need. They accept cloth and disposable diapers, adult and child sizes, and open and sealed packages. You can donate diapers near the Registration Tent.
Under the leadership of CEO Dawn Owens, OptumHealth has evolved into the country’s leading provider of products and solutions designed to help individuals navigate the health care system, finance their current and future health needs and achieve their health and well-being goals. OptumHealth provides the tools and solutions for people to live the healthiest lives possible—and that starts at birth. Dawn believes in the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies and she is committed to making the 2012 March for Babies a rewarding and successful fundraising event.
Andy and Jenny Brown walk in the St. Paul March for Babies in honor of one son and in memory of another. Colton Brown was born at 24 weeks weighing one pound, eight ounces. He survived just 10 days.
“The first time we were able to hold him was right before he passed away,” shared Jenny. “We arrived at the hospital pregnant and left without a baby. I do not wish that upon any new parent.”
Doctors deemed Jenny’s second pregnancy high-risk. Their son Ryland was born at 28 weeks and spent his next 62 days in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) at St. Paul Children’s Hospital.
The March of Dimes long history of breakthroughs for babies helped the Brown family. In the 1970s, March of Dimes led the drive to put NICUs within reach of every baby. In the 1980s, March of Dimes grantees developed surfactant therapy, a life-saving therapy for Ryland’s underdeveloped lungs.
Today, our Nobel Prize-winning research offers hope of treatments and preventions for serious health problems threatening our babies.
Ryland is a four-year-old healthy boy who loves T-ball, hockey, trains and Spider-Man. “It is a miracle a baby born so early can survive and develop properly,” said Jenny. “Please support the March of Dimes and donate today!”