Nearly 100 turn out for first Ste. Gen March of Dimes walk
Nearly 100 participants took part in Ste. Genevieve’s first March of Dimes Walk sponsored by Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH).
Missy Sutton, RN and the hospital’s Quality Improvement Director, gave a brief welcome, and thanked the March of Dimes for the help they have given to the hospital funding grants for Centering Pregnancy and the Baby and Me Tobacco Free program.
“What a great turnout and thank you for bringing your kids—that’s why we’re here tonight,” she said.
Beth Simmons, representative from the March of Dimes, also thanked everyone for their support of the March of Dimes.
“This is a great turnout for your first walk,” she said. “We’ve worked with SGCMH for quite a while. To give you some history. President Roosevelt started the March of Dimes in 1938 to find a cure for the number one killer of children in America which was polio. Once we found a cure, we were left with the question of ‘what do we do now?’ Do we stop. The answer was, of course, no.
“There’s a new killer among America’s children and that’s premature births. The March of Dimes has been fighting for years and the numbers are coming down, but unfortunately, they’re not good enough. In the state of Missouri this week, 1,451 babies will be born. 169 of them will be born prematurely, and 10 every week will not live to see their first birthday. And that’s why we’re here tonight.”
One of those premature babies who will see her first birthday next week is Raeleigh Ann Lipp. She and her parents Sarah and Brad are this year’s Ste. Genevieve March of Dimes Ambassador family.
Sarah briefly told those in attendance about the night Raeleigh was born.
“Raleigh was born prematurely at 35 weeks and weighed 3 pounds, 10 ounces,” she said. Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital says that’s huge. We were not expecting Raleigh to come early at all. We went through every emotion possible. Luckily we only spent nine days at Cardinal Glennon. She went home at her birth weight. She’s right at 18 pounds now and she’ll turn one next Saturday. Thank you so much for coming out and donating to such a good cause.”
Walk organizers would like to thank The Weingarten Volunteer Fire Department for bringing their truck, which is always a big hit with the kids; the Ste. Genevieve Police DARE car, which started the walk; Travis Huffman who provided music for the event; and Sandy Schilli who delighted kids with face painting.
The walk, numerous fundraisers and t-shirt sales, SGCMH raised close to $7,000 for the March of Dimes.