Picking up paintbrushes for a cause

More than 400 people joined together on March 22 at the Minot State University Dome in support of babies and families in the Minot community and beyond. The March of Dimes hosted their largest fundraising event, March for Babies, and raised approximately $70,000 to support top-level research and programs to find the causes and prevention of premature births and other serious threats to infant health.

Premature birth has reached crisis proportions in our country. In North Dakota, 1 out of 10 babies are born prematurely. Public education and innovative prevention programs are key elements of the March of Dimes’ work in our state. Support for March for Babies helps fund these programs and research.

Those in attendance at the March for Babies event included community business leaders Mike Wilson, store manager, Kmart; Randy Burckhard, director of external affairs, SRT; and Randy Schwan, vice president of marketing, Trinity Health. These men not only raised funds and awareness for this walk, but also picked up their paintbrushes to show their creative side while decorating ceramic bowls for the cause.

As community business leaders, they recognize the importance of the March of Dimes mission. Burckhard expressed joy over the successful outcome of his 12-year-old grandson who was born early at 26 weeks. Schwan is reminded daily knowing that there are 11 babies in Trinity Health’s NICU right now. And Wilson is getting Kmart pumped in setting a goal to double their campaign, in hopes to raise $40,000 for 2015.

Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of babies. The March of Dimes does this through advanced medical research, education, and advocacy programs that will help ensure all babies have a chance to be born healthy. Whether you have had a baby, known a baby, or been a baby, the March of Dimes has impacted your life.