March for Babies kicks off today at chamber



March of Dimes will kick off its 2017 March for Babies fundraising campaign in Sumter at 11:30 a.m. today at Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce, 32 E. Calhoun St.

March for Babies raises funds for vital research to help prevent premature birth and birth defects. Funds raised also support community programs that help mothers have full-term pregnancies.

South Carolina continues to have one of the highest premature birth rates in the country, and March of Dimes urges everyone to help give every baby a fighting chance, according to a news release from the organization.

During the kick-off event today, participants will have an opportunity to meet the 2017 Ambassador Family as well as pick up fundraising materials. Top fundraisers from 2016 will also be recognized.

Families and businesses throughout Sumter County are invited to attend and start raising funds for March for Babies, which will be held on Oct. 14 at University of South Carolina Sumter's Student Union Building, 200 Miller Road.

In Sumter, March for Babies is sponsored by Carolina Children's Dentistry.

"We invite our community to join March for Babies and raise money to help more families know the joy of a healthy baby," said Dee Anne Miller, March for Babies development specialist.

For more than 75 years, mothers 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.

Register for March for Babies at For the latest resources and information, visit More information about March of Dimes can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

To register for the kick off, contact Dee Anne Miller at