Published On: Wed, Apr 17th, 2019

Palm Beach County Residents To Gather At Cityplace For Healthy Moms And Strong Babies

One Parking’s Kirsten Dolan and Mark Pratt Lead 2019 March for Babies as Co-Chairs

Boca Raton, FL — Thousands of families and local business leaders will join together for the premier community event March for Babies on Saturday, April 27 at CityPlace. March for Babies is a day for everyone. At March for Babies, our community bands together to fight for the health of all moms and babies. Participants enjoy the opportunity to hope for the day when all moms and babies are healthy, remember those babies we lost and honor them with special tributes throughout the day, and celebrate with a three mile walk and fun activities for the whole family.

Kirsten Dolan, CEO of One Parking and 2019 March for Babies Co-Chair, knows how important it is to fight for the health of all moms and babies. “The advances and discoveries that have been made recently reinforce why these walks are so important,” she says. “The funds we all raise help make the research and therefore, results and change, possible.”

March of Dimes gives the 4 million babies born each year the best possible start. Nearly half a million of them are born prematurely or with birth defects. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S.,and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years.

Alongside Kirsten, Mark Pratt, COO of One Parking, has been planning this event for the last year.  Together, they are asking local businesses and community leaders to join them in support of March for Babies. “The number of babies born prematurely here in Florida and across the country is not acceptable,” Pratt says. “March of Dimes empowers families with programs, knowledge and tools to have healthy babies and families.”

Every March for Babies participant can make a huge difference for families. Anyone interested in joining the Palm Beach County walk can register at marchforbabies.org/event/palmbeachcounty. All participants will enjoy a fun day that includes our Superhero Sprint, face painting, lei ceremony recognizing family teams, and entertainment on stage.  The walk and location have been adjusted this year due to construction within CityPlace.  The alternate route will be approximately a 1.7 mile walk downtown, while the main event will happen along the streets and at the intersection of Rosemary Avenue and Hibiscus Street.

March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, HCA, Cigna and regionally by Publix Super Markets, Inc. March for Babies is sponsored locally by Platinum Sponsors One Parking and Tenet Health; Gold Sponsors Florida Public Utilities, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Fetal Care Center, and Palms West Hospital; Silver Sponsors Barry & Company, Bethesda Hospital, CityPlace, Florida Power and Light, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center, Wellington Regional Medical Center; Bronze Sponsors Jupiter Medical Center and Brightline; and Media Partners Sunny 107.9 and The Boca Raton Tribune.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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