On Sunday, May 4 at WalnutHillPark in New Britain, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together to March for Babies—the March of Dimes walk honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Funds raised help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.
Participants will enjoy music, hot dogs provided by CentralConnecticutStateUniversity, ice cream cake from Rich Products, face painting, arts and crafts, bounce house, giveaways and more. The event will be emceed by New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart.
Leading the festivities will be the event’s 2014 Ambassadors, Steve and Sara Nizzardo of Plymouth, along with their 2-year-old twins, Justin and Nathan and their little sister, Megan. They will share the twins’ story of survival, and thank walkers for their commitment to the March of Dimes mission to give all babies a healthy start.
Born 10 weeks too soon, Justin and Nathan spent nine weeks in neonatal intensive care before coming home. Today, the twins are happy and healthy, and their sister Megan was born full-term, weighing 8 pounds 12 ounces.
“We hope someday that premature birth won’t be so common. We know too many people who were born too soon. That is why we support the March of Dimes, to promote awareness and raise funds for research,” said Sara in a press release from March of Dimes.
WalnutHillPark is located at 184 West Main St. in New Britain. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event at 10 a.m.
To register visit marchforbabies.org/event/centralct. Participants can also register on-site on May 4.
All walkers who raise $200 or more will receive an event t-shirt and those raising $350 or more will have the choice of a Macy’s or Kmart gift card.