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March of Babies to mark two milestones

Event Saturday to include reunion for special care nursery kids

POSTED: April 26, 2013 12:29 a.m.
 

It’s a big year for babies as the March of Dimes is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

In addition, the Northside Hospital-Forsyth Women’s Center is marking its fifth year.

These anniversaries will come together Saturday during the local March of Babies event, set for 10 a.m. at Otwell Middle School.

Registration for the walk, which raises funds for March of Dimes and its mission of ensuring all babies are born full term and healthy, begins at 9 a.m.

Participants can also sign up to lead a fundraising team or get more information at www.marchforbabies.org.

“The walk is open to anyone and everyone,” said Leigh Tenewitz, communications director for the Georgia March of Dimes.

Sandra Grady, coordinator of the Northside-Forsyth special care nursery, is looking forward to the event.

She explained that she and other special care nursery employees will be attending a reunion scheduled to begin with race registration at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the walk.

All babies that have spent time in the special nursery throughout the past five years are invited with their families to the reunion.

“We sent out 1,000 invitations,” Grady said. “We did get some returned because some people had changed addresses, things like that, but we sent out about 1,000. That’s a lot of babies.”

Grady said she and other employees of the nursery, which helps babies born too early or who have other problems, “can’t wait” for Saturday.

“This is our first time to do a reunion and we’ll be here five years in August,” she said. “We just thought it would be a good match since we support March of Dimes every year and then since it was the 75th anniversary. So, our fifth and their 75th, we just thought we’d join and make it a better event for both of us.”

According to Grady, staff members often get visits from families who had babies in the nursery, though this is the first large-scale reunion.

“They just kind of become family,” she said. “We’ll have as many staff members there as possible … so we’re really looking forward to it.”

As for the walk itself, Tenewitz, said it’s a 4-mile trek that can be completed as quickly or slowly as participants like.

When they finish the walk, there will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family.

“There are all the tried and true elements of any walk event,” she said. “We’ll have a kids’ zone with games, entertainment and food.

“Anyone who cares about helping babies is invited to come support the March of Dimes.”

 

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