Hundreds gather in Rockland for March of Dimes

Event raises $26,500 for healthier babies
By Daniel Dunkle | May 18, 2014
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle The March of Dimes March for Babies starts out from Trackside Station restaurant on Pleasant Street in Rockland May 18. About 200 people from around the state participated in this event to raise money for the prevention of premature births.

Rockland — About 200 people, including many from other parts of the state, participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies Sunday, May 18, in the city.

March of Dimes Senior Community Director Janelle LoSciuto said the event raised $26,500.

Many who participated had stories to share about their own children born too early. The March of Dimes is dedicated to raising money and awareness to help prevent premature births.

One of the participants was Anita Witham of South Thomaston. In 2009, her son, Theo, was born 25-and-a-half weeks into her pregnancy, which was supposed to last about 40 weeks. He came into the world weighing 1 pound, 2 ounces, and only survived three days.

This will be the fifth year Witham has participated in the March of Dimes walk, raising almost $30,000. This year, Theo's team raised $5,000.

The march started at Trackside Station restaurant and proceeded down Pleasant Street toward Main Street. The walk included going over Rockland's boardwalk.

In addition to the march itself, there were activities including a bounce house for children.

Courier Publications News Director Daniel Dunkle can be reached at ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com or 594-4401 ext. 122.

Anita Witham of South Thomaston has a purple extension added to her hair prior to the March for Babies at Trackside Station in Rockland. Working on her hair is Chelsea Trenholm of 150 Main Salon in Thomaston. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
A large number of volunteers and community members contributed to the success of this year's March of Dimes March for Babies. Pictured are, from left, Dillon Bates of Westbrook, March of Dimes Senior Community Director Janelle LoSciuto, Trackside Station restaurant owner Kelly Woods, and Samantha Calamari of Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Members of the community March for Babies May 18 from Trackside Station in Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
The event included a bounce house. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Shawn Gendron of South Thomaston ties a purple balloon for the March of Dimes March for Babies to the stroller for his son, Grayson, 17 months old, May 18 at Trackside Station in Rockland. Grayson, like many of the children at the event, was born prematurely. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Grace McMullan of Hope runs a booth for Pope Memorial Humane Society at Trackside Station in Rockland during the March of Dimes March for Babies May 18. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.

 

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