The March of Dimes annual March for Babies, the nation’s oldest fundraising walk honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive, is set for Sunday, May 1, at the Kennebec Valley YMCA in Augusta. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the three-mile walk kicking off at 9 a.m., according to a news release from the March of Dimes.

This year’s Augusta Ambassador Family is the Adams family. Brooke and Scott know all too well the importance of the work conducted by the March of Dimes. At 22 weeks, Brooke, pregnant with Evelyn Noel, was placed on partial bed rest because of continuous rising blood pressure.

At 27 weeks, their daughter arrived, nearly 13 weeks early. The family spent the next 138 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital.

Today, Evelyn is a vibrant 22-month-old little girl. Surfactant therapy, the NICU family support program, and kangaroo care education are just a few of the many ways the March of Dimes supported the Adams family in those early weeks of their baby’s life.

The event will include a kids’ area with face painting and crafts, live performances, and more. To register for the Augusta walk or other locations across Maine, visit www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Maine help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for moms and babies.

Sponsors include Hannaford Supermarkets, Maine Medical Center, Spectrum Medical Group, Key Bank, Hollywood Casino, and MaineGeneral Medical Center.

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