Special guests at the day’s events included Jersey Shore 2016 March for Babies chair Wendy Reich, MSN-Ed RNC-Ob, C-EFM CBC, a nursing educator overseeing nursing education in labor and delivery and the mother-baby units at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, and the Jersey Shore Ambassador Family the Figueroas from Toms River, whose son Arnez was born premature at 33 weeks.
“I do this one reason and that’s to save babies - they are our future,” said Reich.
Families enjoyed a variety of activities including a dance performance by the Asaye Dance Company, Star Wars characters, Buster the Lakewood Blue Claws mascot, a game truck, and face painting. The Asbury Park High School Varsity Cheerleading team cheered on all of the walkers as they crossed the finish line. Food was donated by Quakers Steak & Lube of Brick, NJ and Applebee’s of Ocean and Monmouth Counties, and Matt Ryan from 94.3 The Point provided music for the day.
“These walks would not have been possible without the generous support of our national, state and local sponsors, and our thousands of walkers, donors and volunteers. With their dedication and continued support, our goal of $3 million in New Jersey is possible. Seventy-six cents of every dollar raised supports programs and research that help prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Thank you to all of our dedicated friends who made the March for Babies their priority and who worked tirelessly on behalf of every baby and their family,” said Gina Radice, March of Dimes Executive Director of Market Development, New Jersey.
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2016 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal. The New Jersey state sponsors are Barnabas Health, PSEG, UnitedHealthcare, Virtua, Comcast NBCUniversal and New Jersey Monthly and the local sponsors are New Jersey Family and NJ Kids on the Go.