March of Dimes returns to walk for babies on May 7

Christy Means, a Zumba and POUND instructor, leads the March of Dimes Zumba-thon in the first workout of the evening on Friday, April 22. Photo by Emma Rausch

By The Paper staff

The March of Dimes March for Babies walkathon will take place Saturday, May 7, at Paradise Spring Park.

Participants are still welcome to join by signing up as individuals at and join the team Wabash Walkers or sign up as a group by contacting Pat Vanlandingham at 260-563-3476 or Kristi Geiger at 260-482-4201.

Those who raise $100 will receive a March of Dimes t-shirt.

This year’s March of Dimes ambassador is Gina Smith and her son, Xavier. Smith will be at the walk to share Xavier’s story.

On Friday, April 22, 22 participants joined the local committee at its annual Zumba-thon and raised more than $600 to help the March of Dimes in its mission to help every baby have a healthy birth.

Participants also received prizes provided by the committee and local merchants including the Bash Boutique, Dorais Chevrolet Buick GMC, Lost Treasures in Tyme, Modoc's Market, Auto Laundry, Brandt's Harley-Davidson and the Black Squirrel.

The March of Dimes has five Prematurity Research Centers and 200 researchers who are working to find causes and preventions for premature birth.

The March of Dimes also provides community grants that fund health education, programs, and prenatal care for moms-to-be.

For more information, visit the Wabash County Committee for March of Dimes on Facebook or call Vanlandingham at 260-563-3476.

Posted on 2016 May 03