Two tickets to a Lexington Legends game will be given away to a lucky winner at Saturday’s annual Boyle/Lincoln/Mercer March for Babies at Millennium Park.
Holly Collins, community director at the Bluegrass division of March of Dimes, said the tickets will be the prize of a new challenge the walk has coordinated this year.
Each participant will be given a “passport” to be punched at each booth to be entered for a chance to win the tickets.
Collins said there are about 50 teams actively participating in the campaign, but registration will begin at 10 a.m. for those still interested.
Teams have been working to raise money for the campaign, and Collins said donations will be taken at the event, as well.
“We want to make sure we have the best fundraising year to date in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes,” she said. “ Currently, we have a clear path to $37,000. Teams can fundraise until the end of June. We are very thankful the generosity of this community.”
Collins said the ultimate goal is to raise $45,000.
In addition to the passport game, walkers can expect a fun-filled day with activities for kids, popcorn from the movie theater, pizza, cupcakes and beverages, Collins said.
This year’s mom of the Ambassador Family, Andrea Doolin, said the walk will be her team’s sixth consecutive year participating.
The Doolin family’s team is called Gabriel’s Groupies for Doolin’s 5-year-old son Gabriel.
Gabriel was born premature at 24 weeks. He weighed 785 grams and spent three months in the hospital.
Doolin said much of the treatment he was given, such as the surfactant therapy for his lungs, was possible because of March for Babies.
Doolin had participated in the walk before, but it is now one of her biggest passions in life.
“I got a lot more involved after my son was born,” Doolin said.
Doolin said premies like her son get most of the attention from March for Babies, but she said the walk is more than that.
“The march is really for healthy babies all around,” she said. “The goal is to help all babies go to term and teach how to prevent early babies.”
Gabriel’s Groupies will include about 10 family members and friends, Doolin said. She said she maintains a website, and many months of preparation go into the work of fundraising.
“This is one of those things that is really personal for me, and it’s nice to see the successes,” Doolin said.
“The goal is for no other family to have to go through what we went through. People that came before me and walked directly impacted my son’s survival, so just the thought of being able to help another family is such a big deal.”
After registration, the march will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and will last until about 1 p.m. or when all teams are finished.
Follow Stephanie Collins on Twitter, @stephcollins64.
March for Babies set for Saturday
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