A sunny, successful day for March of Dimes
By Ivory Riner
It's a walk to honor babies who are born premature.
For Linda and Doug Looney, to walk for their grandson Saturday in the March of Dimes March for Babies is a great honor.
"You have to have gone through a preemie baby to understand each day. The worrying and praying that your granddaughter and grandson will make it is beyond words," Linda said.
Jonah, son of Lenzie and Chris Lashwood, is the Looney's grandson who is this year's March of Dimes Lewisburg Ambassador. Together they are "Team Jonah."
"The March of Dimes is doing so much to help raise money towards different medical research to help these little ones. They have done so much for children in Marshall County and others, too," said Linda.
She said it is a charity that she knows where her money is going and for what it is being used.
Despite the forecast for rain, the sky cleared up when it came time for the march. The course featured a two-mile walk from the Rock Creek Park bridge to Cornersville Highway, a trail Katie Tucker, Community Director for March of Dimes, says has always been a gorgeous location for a family-friendly walk.
Approximately 115 walkers, including eight March of Dimes teams, were represented.
The March of Dimes March for Babies mission is to give hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year. The money raised during the march supports programs in the community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, in addition to funding research to find answers to the problems that threaten the babies. Since 1970, March of Dimes has raised nearly $2.3 billion to benefit all babies.
March of Dimes is made up of teams that raise money throughout the year to be donated to the organization. According to a newsletter sent April 21 by Tucker, who covers Giles, Marshall and Lawrence Counties, team, Jonah's Journey has raised $1,175 for the year, ranking in at second place for raising the most money. Chapel Hill Elementary School is in fourth place with $937 and Team Jaclyn Gentry is in seventh with $255.
Teams who raise up to $1,000 by June 30 will be honored with an award.