March for Babies helps March of Dimes
by Celia Shortt
March of Dimes’ sixth annual March for Babies Coweta County walk was held on Saturday, with 300 people participating amidst cool weather and rain.
I hope “that we bring awareness for Coweta County,” said Melissa Cox, community director for March of Dimes’ March for Babies. “Any baby that is born, healthy or premature, can’t speak for themselves. MOD is that voice. Everyone here today is a part of that voice.”
The purpose and mission of March of Dimes is to have every baby be born healthy. The March for Babies is its signature event and the only one done in Coweta County.
This year’s walk was a three-mile course that began at Carl Miller Park on Sewell Road, past Newnan High along Armory Road and continued on through Newnan neighborhoods. The course looped back and ended where it began. Each year, the event’s goal is to raise money and awareness about premature births and birth defects. It raises money by each participant finding sponsorships for the benefit.
Another element of the annual March is the ambassador family. This family is one that shares its story in its community to gain local support. The 2014 ambassador family is the Cantrell Family. James and Heather have a son, Parker, who is a surviving twin. His twin brother passed away. They also have a younger daughter, Lily, who was born at full-term.
March of Dimes is a national organization that provides research and resources to women, families, and health care professionals.