By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Advocates for babies are already warming up for the spring.
On Wednesday, the March of Dimes held a kickoff for the April 30 Tupelo Walk for Babies at the BancorpSouth Arena.
“The goal for this year for the Tupelo Walk is $70,000,” said Jon Jon Suggs, community director for the March of Dimes. “The money raised goes into research and education so all babies have a chance to be born healthy.”
Baldwyn High School teacher Kelvin Hill attended Wednesday’s kickoff to pick up information for the Future Business Leaders of America chapter. Students in the club have supported March of Dimes through a school-based event for several years.
“They just want to help premature babies,” he said, noting that many of his students’ families have been touched by the issue.
The March of Dimes encourages teams from businesses, community organizations, churches and neighborhoods to work together to raise money ahead of the walk.
Eighty percent of the money remains in the region to help neonatal intensive care support programs and educational efforts.
Brian Rigby’s company, ServPro, has been involved with March of Dimes for a number of years.
“We’ve always tried to give back,” Rigby said. “But I didn’t have a clue how many preemies and sick babies were out there” until his son Briggs, now 21 months, was born weighing 2 pounds.
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