- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
The morning chill Sunday didn’t stop those walking for babies.
More than 1,000 people walked to support the March of Dimes in its annual March for Babies event at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.
March for Babies funds programs to help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies.
Jennifer S. Abell, senior community director for March of Dimes Suburban Maryland, said “the event went great.”
She said there were 1,100 registered for the event, which was co-chaired by Tom Dennison, spokesman for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, and Craig J. Renner, vice president of public affairs and community relations for The St. Charles Cos.
“We’ve seen today how important the health of moms and babies are to the people of Southern Maryland,” Renner said.
Misty and Joe Zopelis were the 2013 Southern Maryland Ambassador family. All three of their children — MacKenna, William and Sean — were born prematurely.
The family said Sunday that they would do all they could to help spare other families the experiences they had with three premature babies, one born 11 weeks too soon.
“We are seven years into this journey, and we will continue on until there is a day when all babies are born healthy. We’re honored to represent the March of Dimes today in return for all the support they’ve given us and our family,” Misty and Joe Zopelis said Sunday.
The family walked in the event with all who registered and were cheered on by local mascots, the Superheroes of Southern Maryland and the Happily Ever After Princesses.
Abell thanked those who volunteered, including the bands HydraFX and Bad Penny.
Sunday’s walk is projected to raise $200,000. Teams have until June 30 to turn in donations.