MOD volunteers beat goal, raise $19,500
On Oct. 9, hundreds of people in Harrison County walked together in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica and raised more than $19,500 for healthier babies, beating the goal of $14,500.
The annual fund-raiser, hosted by the Corydon Central High School FBLA, supports research, education, community service and advocacy to help prevent premature birth, the leading cause of newborn death and a major cause of lifelong disabilities.
Premature birth is a serious problem that has increased 29 percent since 1981. It affects more than 470,000 babies every year, or one out of every eight. In Indiana more than 200 babies are born premature each week.
‘It takes a tremendous financial, emotional and physical toll on babies and their families, and in more than half the cases it happens for unknown cause,’ an MOD spokesperson said last week.
Volunteers who ‘walked for someone they love,’ enthusiastically participated through corporate teams, family teams and as individuals.
The top teams were: first, First Harrison Bank, $2,150; second, Speed Flex, $1,273; third, Community First Bank, $1,253; fourth, South Central High School Student Council, $1,242; and fifth, Blue River Services, $1,060.
The Top New Team was Speed Flex; Most Improved, Blue River Services; Top Youth Team, South Central High School Student Council; and the Top Walker was Cory Williams, who raised more than $1,100.
Other teams participating were 211 Food Mart, Bennett & Bennett Insurance, Corydon Central High School FBLA, Corydon Central High School NHS, Corydon Central High School Vanguard, Coffman Food Mart and Fuel Center, Conrad Transmission, Culver’s, Independent Distributing, John Jones GM City, Kaden’s Crusade, Lanesville High School Renaissance, North Harrison High School, Owen’s Machinery, Regions Bank, Tic Tac & Sew 4H Club, and The Wireless Connection.
The walk began with a ceremony featuring a ribbon-cutting by the 2005 Ambassador Child Noah Hamilton, who was born 12 weeks too soon and weighed only 1 pound, 7 ounces. He spent three months in the NICU at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. He and his family were proud to have a team for the first time called ‘Walk for Noah.’ Noah led walkers on a 10k route through scenic downtown Corydon, and celebrated the finish with a luncheon and awards ceremony.
The Mini-Walk, for walkers 10 and younger, had 12 participants from local schools who raised more than $900.
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.