march dimes 2014SAYREVILLE, NJ –Approximately 1000 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens of Monmouth and Ocean Counties — babies — by participating in the 2014 Jersey Shore March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. The Asbury Park Boardwalk was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams helping to try to achieve the New Jersey goal of raising $3.1 million to help babies be born healthy.

 

Special guests at the day’s events included Diann Johnston, Vice President, Patient Care Services, Monmouth Medical Center and 2014 Jersey Shore March for Babies Chair, and nurses and staff from Barnabas Health Southern Campuses, Monmouth Medical Center, Community Medical Center, and Kimball Medical Center.

Matt, Cheryl and Hannah Siegel of Millstone, NJ, the 2014 Jersey Shore Ambassador Family, shared their story with everyone, explaining that Hannah was born at just 2 pounds and was saved by the decades-long efforts of countless volunteers, donors, researchers and staff who focus their efforts on helping every baby - those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.  This was the family’s eighth year walking in March for Babies, to support the March of Dimes, the organization that they credit with helping to save Hannah’s life.

There was lots of family fun at the walk, such as face painting, arts and craft, and music.  The Blue Claws mascot posed for pictures with everyone and food was provided from Applebee’s and Langosta Lounge.

Money raised by the event funds research, education and local community grants for programs such as Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait and NICU Family Support.

“Thank you to all of our state-wide sponsors, walkers and volunteers who made the March for Babies event a success and who continue to support the efforts of the March of Dimes and its very important mission,” said Addy Bonet, State Director, March of Dimes, New Jersey chapter.

It is not too late to donate to March for Babies and help New Jersey reach its goal of $3.1 million.  Visit marchforbabies.org for more information.